Webster 1913 Edition
directio: cf. F.
The act of directing, of aiming, regulating, guiding, or ordering; guidance; management; superintendence; administration;
directiono[GREEK] public affairs or of a bank
I do commit his youth
All nature is but art, unknown to thee;
direction, which thou canst not see.
That which is imposed by directing; a guiding or authoritative instruction; prescription; order; command;
as, he grave.
directionsto the servants
The princes digged the well . . . by the
directionof the law giver.
Numb. xxi. 18.
The name and residence of a person to whom any thing is sent, written upon the thing sent; superscription; address;
directionof a letter
The line or course upon which anything is moving or aimed to move, or in which anything is lying or pointing; aim; line or point of tendency; direct line or course;
as, the ship sailed in a southeasterly.
The body of managers of a corporation or enterprise; board of directors.
Syn. – Administration; guidance; management; superintendence; oversight; government; order; command; guide; clew.
Order. These words, as here compared, have reference to the exercise of power over the actions of others. Control is negative, denoting power to restrain; command is positive, implying a right to enforce obedience; directions are commands containing instructions how to act. Order conveys more prominently the idea of authority than the word direction. A shipmaster has the command of his vessel; he gives orders or directions to the seamen as to the mode of sailing it; and exercises a due control over the passengers.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.Aim at a certain point; a pointing towards, in a straight line or course; as, the direction of good works to a good end.
2.The line in which a body moves by impulse; course. Matter or body cannot alter the direction of its own motion.
3.A straight line or course. A star appeared int eh direction of a certain tower. The ship sailed in a south-easterly direction.
4.The act of governing; administration; management; guidance; superintendence; as the direction of public affairs; direction of domestic concerns; the direction of a bank.
All chance, direction which thou canst not see.
6.Order; prescription; either verbal or written; instruction in what manner to proceed. The employer gives directions to his workmen; the physician, to his patient.
7.The superscription of a letter, including the name, title and place of abode of the person for whom it is intended.
8.A body or board of directors.