Straight, constant, without interruption.
Straight; not crooked, oblique, or circuitous; leading by the short or shortest way to a point or end.
- the most direct route between two buildings
Immediate; express; plain; unambiguous.
* John Locke
- Be even and direct with me.
- He nowhere, that I know, says it in direct words.
In the line of descent; not collateral.
- a direct and avowed interference with elections
(astronomy) 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.
- a descendant in the direct line
* direct action
* direct current
* direct flight
* direct initiative
* direct object
* direct quote
* 2009 , Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall , Fourth Estate 2010, p. 346:
- Presumably Mary is to carry messages that she, Anne, is too delicate to convey direct .
To manage, control, steer.
To aim (something) at (something else).
- to direct the affairs of a nation or the movements of an army
- They directed their fire towards the men on the wall.
To point out or show to (somebody) the right course or way; to guide, as by pointing out the way.
- He directed his question to the room in general.
- He directed me to the left-hand road.
To point out to with authority; to instruct as a superior; to order.
- the next points to which I will direct your attention
- She directed them to leave immediately.
(dated) To put a direction or address upon; to mark with the name and residence of the person to whom anything is sent.
- I'll first direct my men what they shall do.
- to direct a letter
(archaic) Narrow; restricted as to space or room; close.
* 1866 , , Aholibah , lines 53-55
- too strait and low our cottage doors
- Sweet oil was poured out on thy head
- And ran down like cool rain between
* 1900 , , To One in Bedlam , lines 3-5
- The strait close locks it melted in.
- Those scentless wisps of straw, that miserably line
- His strait , caged universe, whereat the dull world stares,
(archaic) Righteous, strict.
- Pedant and pitiful.
* 1597 , , IV. iii. 79:
- to follow the strait and narrow
* Bible, Acts xxvi. 5 (Rev. Ver.)
- some certain edicts and some strait decrees
(obsolete) Tight; close; tight-fitting.
* 1613 , , III. vi. 86:
- the straitest sect of our religion
(obsolete) Close; intimate; near; familiar.
* Sir Philip Sidney
- Is not this piece too strait ? / No, no, 'tis well.
(obsolete) Difficult; distressful; straited.
- a strait degree of favour
(obsolete) Parsimonious; niggardly; mean.
* 1596 , , V. vii. 42:
- to make your strait' circumstances yet ' straiter
- I beg cold comfort, and you are so strait , / And so ingrateful, you deny me that.
The adjective is often confused with straight.
(geography) A narrow channel of water connecting two larger bodies of water.
* De Foe
- The Strait of Gibraltar
A narrow pass or passage.
- We steered directly through a large outlet which they call a strait , though it be fifteen miles broad.
* 1602 , , III. iii. 154:
- He brought him through a darksome narrow strait / To a broad gate all built of beaten gold.
A neck of land; an isthmus.
- For honour travels in a strait so narrow / Where one but goes abreast.
A difficult position (often used in plural).
- a dark strait of barren land
- to be in dire straits
- Let no man, who owns a Providence, grow desperate under any calamity or strait whatsoever.
- Ulysses made use of the pretense of natural infirmity to conceal the straits he was in at that time in his thoughts.
* dire straits
(obsolete) To put to difficulties.
(obsolete) Strictly; rigorously.
* 1593 , , III. ii. 20:
- Proceed no straiter 'gainst our uncle Gloucester