(redirected from directness)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Financial.


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
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005


(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.

The Astrology Book, Second Edition © 2003 Visible Ink Press®. All rights reserved.


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.
An Illustrated Dictionary of Aviation Copyright © 2005 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved
References in periodicals archive ?
Puryear is reaching beyond his earlier refinement for a new emotional tension and directness, however mysterious its content.
The new tall, thin four-storey buildings, covered from ground to eaves in ship-lap timber boarding, have the workmanlike neatness and directness of the Functional Tradition.
"Dance for Val," a wispy solo set to Piaf and partly performed on a swing by choreographer Joanna Haigood, has the idiosyncratic directness of modern dance: it works because of the dancer's eye contact with the audience (and because of the swing).
Her Majesty will speak with a rare directness about events abroad and at home.
Only the physical directness of the individual images brings the many-layered projection together again, so that ultimately, isolated and intense sequences are fixed in one's memory, like the flotsam of a dream: for instance, a mother's aged hands caressing her daughter's face, as if she were able to gaze once again on her own face as a young woman.
Finishes have the usual Norwegian simplicity and directness. Walls are of fairfaced brick or lined with softwood: the floor round the wet kitchen area and the brick fireplace is in granite tiles; elsewhere it is of pine boards, sealed but otherwise untreated.
No hauteur, no grandiosity, just polite manners plus a directness with technique typify the approach to ballet that David Slobaspyckyj has inculcated in his company.
What's more, the silk screens and DVDs lack the directness and eloquence of the performances themselves, serving only to encapsulate and prettify what Hsieh has spent so much time and energy drawing out.
He had a simple directness which got straight to the heart of the matter and straight to your heart too - and always with a twinkle.
The detailing of this side of the foyer appears in its simplicity and directness to be an abstraction and taming of the great North Sea rigs from which the company makes its money.
The "narrative" (that is, overtly situational or character-based) works that first brought him to wide attention had a directness, a strength, and a sense of conviction that bespoke an artist of unusual sincerity and emotional capacity, a warm, generous courageous human being.
I'm referring not just to her depictions of women actually playing with themselves, such as Interior: Big Blonde with Beaded Jacket, 1997, or True Blonde, 1999, two examples from the ICA's five-year survey; surprisingly enough, such directness is not the forte of this notoriously in-your-face artist.

Full browser ?