The action of directing; pointing (something) or looking towards.
* 1835 , Sir , Sir (James Clark Ross),
Narrative of a Second Voyage in Search of a North-west Passage …, Volume 1 , pp.284-5
- Towards the following morning, the thermometer fell to 5°; and at daylight, there was not an atom of water to be seen in any direction .
The work of the director in cinema or theater; the skill of directing a film, play etc.
(archaic) An address.
* 1796 , , (The Monk) , Folio Society 1985, p. 218:
The path or course of a given movement, or moving body; an indication of the point toward or from which an object is moving.
- Her aunt Leonella was still at Cordova, and she knew not her direction .
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, passage=Judge Short had gone to town, and Farrar was off for a three days' cruise up the lake. I was bitterly regretting I had not gone with him when the distant notes of a coach horn reached my ear, and I descried a four-in-hand winding its way up the inn road from the direction
* 1900 , , (The House Behind the Cedars) , Chapter I,
- Just before Warwick reached Liberty Point, a young woman came down Front Street from the direction of the market-house. When their paths converged, Warwick kept on down Front Street behind her, it having been already his intention to walk in this direction .
Relating to a choice between two or more possibilities
Not traditional, outside the mainstream, underground (e.g., alternative medicine, alternative lifestyle, (alternative rock)).
- an alternative proposition
* alternative dispute resolution
* alternative energy
* alternative lifestyle
* alternative medicine
* alternative press
* alternative vote
A situation which allows a mutually exclusive choice between two or more possibilities; a choice between two or more possibilities.
* 1817 , (Walter Scott), Rob Roy , XI:
One of several mutually exclusive things which can be chosen.
The remaining option; something available after other possibilities have been exhausted.
- ‘The cloister or a betrothed husband?’ I echoed—‘Is that the alternative destined for Miss Vernon?’
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