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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Direct \Di*rect"\, a. [L. directus, p. p. of dirigere to direct: cf. F. direct. See Dress, and cf. Dirge.] 1. Straight; not crooked, oblique, or circuitous; leading by the short or shortest way to a point or end; as, a direct line; direct means. [1913 Webster] What is direct to, what slides by, the question. --Locke. [1913 Webster] 2. Straightforward; not of crooked ways, or swerving from truth and openness; sincere; outspoken. [1913 Webster] Be even and direct with me. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. Immediate; express; plain; unambiguous. [1913 Webster] He nowhere, that I know, says it in direct words. --Locke. [1913 Webster] A direct and avowed interference with elections. --Hallam. [1913 Webster] 4. In the line of descent; not collateral; as, a descendant in the direct line. [1913 Webster] 5. (Astron.) In the direction of the general planetary motion, or from west to east; in the order of the signs; not retrograde; -- said of the motion of a celestial body. [1913 Webster] 6. (Political Science) Pertaining to, or effected immediately by, action of the people through their votes instead of through one or more representatives or delegates; as, direct nomination, direct legislation. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] Direct action. (a) (Mach.) See Direct-acting. (b) (Trade unions) See Syndicalism, below. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] Direct discourse (Gram.), the language of any one quoted without change in its form; as, he said "I can not come;" -- correlative to indirect discourse, in which there is change of form; as, he said that he could not come. They are often called respectively by their Latin names, oratio directa, and oratio obliqua. Direct evidence (Law), evidence which is positive or not inferential; -- opposed to circumstantial evidence, or indirect evidence. -- This distinction, however, is merely formal, since there is no direct evidence that is not circumstantial, or dependent on circumstances for its credibility. --Wharton. Direct examination (Law), the first examination of a witness in the orderly course, upon the merits. --Abbott. Direct fire (Mil.), fire, the direction of which is perpendicular to the line of troops or to the parapet aimed at. Direct process (Metal.), one which yields metal in working condition by a single process from the ore. --Knight. Direct tax, a tax assessed directly on lands, etc., and polls, distinguished from taxes on merchandise, or customs, and from excise. [1913 Webster]




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