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1. (of government, decisions, etc.) by or from the electorate rather than through representatives
2. Logic Maths (of a proof) progressing from the premises to the conclusion, rather than eliminating the possibility of the falsehood of the conclusion
3. Astronomy moving from west to east on the celestial sphere
a. of or relating to direct current
b. (of a secondary induced current) having the same direction as the primary current
5. Music
a. (of motion) in the same direction
b. (of an interval or chord) in root position; not inverted


(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

When a planet is moving from west to east in the natural order of the zodiac, it is said to be moving direct. Direct is the antonym to retrograde, which is the apparent movement of a planet backward through the zodiac.


A straight-line flight between two navigation aids, fixes, points, or any combination thereof. It is that portion of flight not flown on radials or courses of established airways. When used by pilots to describe off-airway routes, the points defining direct route segments become compulsory reporting points unless the aircraft is under radar contact. Also called direct flight.
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While the creation of dental hygiene therapists to improve the oral and overall health of Maine residents is a positive step, the legislation as written would be improved with the removal of restrictions that prevent the new provider from working in locations such as nursing homes, schools, physicians' offices and hospitals as well as dental offices without the direct supervision of a dentist.
Since the Jails Division first introduced the direct supervision principles to jails in the early 1980s, there has been much focus on the role of the detention officer and, to a somewhat lesser degree, the firstline supervisor.
The position of the college is that SCPS must be under direct supervision.
Under his direct supervision, the embassy prepared reports to Congress that never mentioned the brutality of the Honduran military, the Sun reported.
During his later extended sojourn in the republic (1630-49) Descartes produced most of his important scientific work (including his Principia) as well as his Meditationes, first published in 1641 in Leiden under his direct supervision.
A year later, Human Rights Watch revealed an internal survey from one state (left unidentified) in which "line officers-those charged with the direct supervision of inmates- estimated that roughly one-fifth of all prisoners were being coerced into participation in inmate-on-inmate sex.
CMS also asserts that feeding assistants must work only under direct supervision of licensed personnel.
Ag-Chem's SOILTEQ division will operate as a separate AGCO division under the direct supervision of Norm Boyd, senior vice president, corporate development at AGCO.
HITIC is the first nonbank financial institution under the Chinese government's direct supervision to default on samurai bonds or yen-denominated bonds issued by foreign governments or companies.
Prisoners had their own keys to cells in the 1960s cell blocks and could mix together in groups of up to 13 throughout the night without direct supervision from staff, the Chief Inspector of Prisons Sir David Ramsbotham said.
A sign is posted informing skaters of the city ordinance requiring them to use safety gear like helmets, but there is no direct supervision by city staffers.
But 95 per cent of paediatricians surveyed by the Foundation for the Study of Infant Death say the monitors should be used only under the direct supervision of a health professional.

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