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Direct action

  • noun a protest action by labor or minority groups to obtain their demands
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  • . (Mach.) See Direct-acting.
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direct antonym

  • noun antonyms that are commonly associated (e.g., `wet' and `dry')
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direct contrast

  • noun the opposition or dissimilarity of things that are compared
    contrast.
    • in contrast to", "by contrast
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direct correlation

  • noun a correlation in which large values of one variable are associated with large values of the other and small with small; the correlation coefficient is between 0 and +1
    positive correlation.
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direct current

  • noun an electric current that flows in one direction steadily
    DC; direct current.
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Direct discourse

  • noun a report of the exact words used in a discourse (e.g., "he said `I am a fool'")
    direct discourse.
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  • (Gram.), the language of any one quoted without change in its form; as, he said "I can not come;" correlative to indirect discourse, in which there is change of form; as, he said that he could not come. They are often called respectively by their Latin names, oratio directa, and oratio obliqua.
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direct dye

  • noun dye with a high affinity for cellulose fibers (cotton or rayon etc.)
    substantive dye.
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direct electric current

  • noun an electric current that flows in one direction steadily
    DC; direct current.
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Direct evidence

  • noun evidence (usually the testimony of a witness) directly related to the fact in dispute
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  • (Law), evidence which is positive or not inferential; opposed to circumstantial, or indirect, evidence. This distinction, however, is merely formal, since there is no direct evidence that is not circumstantial, or dependent on circumstances for its credibility. Wharton.
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Direct examination

  • noun (law) the initial questioning of a witness by the party that called the witness
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  • (Law), the first examination of a witness in the orderly course, upon the merits. Abbott.
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Direct fire

  • noun fire delivered on a target that is visible to the person aiming it
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  • (Mil.), fire, the direction of which is perpendicular to the line of troops or to the parapet aimed at.
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direct flight

  • noun a flight with one or more intermediate stops but no change of aircraft
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direct loan

  • noun a loan by a lender to a customer without the use of a third party; direct lending gives the lender greater discretion in making loans
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direct mail

  • noun advertising sent directly to prospective customers via the mail
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direct mailer

  • noun a distributor who uses direct mail to sell merchandise
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direct marketing

  • noun marketing via a promotion delivered directly to the individual prospective customer
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direct object

  • noun the object that receives the direct action of the verb
    object of the verb.
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direct primary

  • noun a primary where voters directly select the candidates who will run for office
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Direct process

  • (Metal.), one which yields metal in working condition by a single process from the ore. Knight.
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direct quotation

  • noun a report of the exact words used in a discourse (e.g., "he said `I am a fool'")
    direct discourse.
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direct sum

  • noun a union of two disjoint sets in which every element is the sum of an element from each of the disjoint sets
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direct support

  • noun a mission requiring one force to support another specific force and authorizing it to answer directly the supported force's request for assistance
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direct supporting fire

  • noun fire delivered in support of part of a force (as opposed to general supporting fire delivered in support of the force as a whole)
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Direct tax

  • noun a tax paid directly by the person or organization on whom it is levied
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  • a tax assessed directly on lands, etc., and polls, distinguished from taxes on merchandise, or customs, and from excise.
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direct tide

  • noun the occurrence of high tide on one side of the earth coinciding with high tide on the opposite side
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direct transmission

  • noun a transmission mechanism in which the infectious agent is transferred directly into the body via touching or biting or kissing or sexual intercourse or by droplets entering the eye or nose or mouth
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direct trust

  • noun a trust created by the free and deliberate act of the parties involved (usually on the basis of written documentation)
    express trust.
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direct-acting

Di*rect"-act`ing adjective
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  1. (Mach.) Acting directly, as one part upon another, without the intervention of other working parts.
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direct-grant school

  • noun formerly a school that charged tuition fees and also received government grants in return for admitting certain non-paying students who were nominated by the local authorities
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directed study

  • noun a course of study that is supervised and controlled by a specialist in the subject
    • he registered for directed study
    • he got credit for directed study
    • he did directed study
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directed verdict

  • noun a verdict entered by the court in a jury trial without consideration by the jury
    • there cannot be a directed verdict of guilty in a criminal trial
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foreign direct investment

  • noun investing in United States businesses by foreign citizens (often involves stock ownership of the business)
  • noun a joint venture between a foreign company and a United States company
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goal-directed

  • adjective satellite having a purpose
    purposive.
    • purposive behavior
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joint direct attack munition

  • noun a pinpoint bomb guidance device that can be strapped to a gravity bomb thus converting dumb bombs into smart bombs
    JDAM.
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Reëxamination, ∨ Re-direct examination

  • that made by a party calling a witness, after, and upon matters arising out of, the cross-examination.
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self-directed

  • adjective satellite (of persons) free from external control and constraint in e.g. action and judgment
    autonomous; self-reliant.
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stage direct

  • verb direct for the stage
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"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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