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direct

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
4. 
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

Direct

(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.

direct

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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It is not unknown to me how many men have had, and still have, the opinion that the affairs of the world are in such wise governed by fortune and by God that men with their wisdom cannot direct them and that no one can even help them; and because of this they would have us believe that it is not necessary to labour much in affairs, but to let chance govern them.
In all fighting, the direct method may be used for joining battle, but indirect methods will be needed in order to secure victory.
The JUST causes of war, for the most part, arise either from violation of treaties or from direct violence.
The naked skin on the head of a vulture is generally looked at as a direct adaptation for wallowing in putridity; and so it may be, or it may possibly be due to the direct action of putrid matter; but we should be very cautious in drawing any such inference, when we see that the skin on the head of the clean-feeding male turkey is likewise naked.
No Capitation, or other direct, Tax shall be laid, unless in Proportion to the Census or Enumeration herein before directed to be taken.
In so opulent a nation as that of Britain, where direct taxes from superior wealth must be much more tolerable, and, from the vigor of the government, much more practicable, than in America, far the greatest part of the national revenue is derived from taxes of the indirect kind, from imposts, and from excises.
Jones having received his direction to the place, took his leave of the Man of the Hill, and, desiring him to direct Partridge the same way, returned hastily to the wood.
But what is to be done if the direct and sole vocation of every intelligent man is babble, that is, the intentional pouring of water through a sieve?
While I am writing my letter, suppose you direct the envelope.