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direct
used in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

5 meanings, 18 uses
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1  —1 use as in:
directly above; or buy direct from
Definition
straight (exactly where stated); or without involvement of anything in between
The exact meaning of this sense of direct is subject to its context. For example:
  • "The road runs directly to Las Vegas." — straight (without varying from a straight line)
  • "It was a direct hit." — exact
  • "The plant is in direct sunlight." — unobstructed (without anything in between)
  • "She wants a direct meeting with him." — personal (without other people in between)
  • "She paid direct attention to what he was reading." — close
  • "a direct gaze" — straight, steady, or focused—not a brief glance taken while generally looking at other things; not a sideways look
  • The Embankment is not on the direct line to the station.
    Adventure V — The Five Orange Pips (89% in)
direct = straight (without anything in between)
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2  —2 uses as in:
was direct in my instructions
Definition
straightforward (uncomplicated or simple — perhaps also indicating openness and honesty)
  • In this way I am no doubt indirectly responsible for Dr. Grimesby Roylott's death, and I cannot say that it is likely to weigh very heavily upon my conscience.
    Adventure VIII — The Adventure of the Speckled Band (**% in)
indirectly = incidentally (not intentionally)

(Editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in indirectly means not and reverses the meaning of directly. This is the same pattern you see in words like invisible, incomplete, and insecure.)
  • Indirectly it may be of value, you know; you have only to put it into words to gain the reputation of being excellent company for the remainder of your existence.
    Adventure IX — The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb (**% in)

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3  —2 uses as in:
directed her question to
Definition
to indicate direction; or to cause movement or focus in a direction or towards an object
The exact meaning of this sense of direct is subject to its context. For example:
  • "intentionally directed fire at unarmed civilians" — aimed a gun
  • "directed the question to her" — aimed a question
  • "directed her north" — pointed in a particular direction
  • "directed attention to the 3rd paragraph" — focused attention on a particular object
  • "The sound of her voice directed him to the kitchen." — guided or gave directions to someone to help them move to a particular place
  • "She directed him to the airport." — gave directions to send someone to a particular place
  • "She directed the boat north." — steered it
  • "directed the letter to" — send a letter to a particular person by putting a name and address on it
  • Sherlock Holmes sat silent for a few minutes with his fingertips still pressed together, his legs stretched out in front of him, and his gaze directed upward to the ceiling.
    Adventure III — A Case of Identity (50% in)
directed = aimed
  • Lestrade and I walked behind him, the detective indifferent and contemptuous, while I watched my friend with the interest which sprang from the conviction that every one of his actions was directed towards a definite end.
    Adventure IV — The Boscombe Valley Mystery (64% in)
directed = aimed or focused
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4  —2 uses as in:
directed the jury to...
Definition
give instructions or commands
  • Having done this, you must at once put the box out upon the sundial, as directed.
    Adventure V — The Five Orange Pips (55% in)
directed = instructed
  • I signed the paper as directed, and the lawyer took it away with him.
    Adventure V — The Five Orange Pips (28% in)
directed = instructed
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5  —6 uses as in:
directed the movie
Definition
supervise, control, or to be in charge of
  • When you drove home after the concert I called upon Scotland Yard and upon the chairman of the bank directors, with the result that you have seen.
    Adventure II — The Red-Headed League (98% in)
directors = members of a board that oversees the affairs of a corporation or other institution
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • This fellow Merryweather is a bank director, and personally interested in the matter.
    Adventure II — The Red-Headed League (74% in)
  • director = supervisor (person in charge)

    (editor's note:  The suffix "-or" often converts a verb to a noun that means "a person who."  This is the pattern you see in words like actor, editor, and visitor.)
  • Mr. Merryweather is the chairman of directors, and he will explain to you that there are reasons why the more daring criminals of London should take a considerable interest in this cellar at present.
    Adventure II — The Red-Headed League (79% in)
  • directors = members of a board that oversees the affairs of a corporation or other institution
  • "It is our French gold," whispered the director.
    Adventure II — The Red-Headed League (79% in)
  • director = supervisor (person in charge)

    (editor's note:  The suffix "-or" often converts a verb to a noun that means "a person who."  This is the pattern you see in words like actor, editor, and visitor.)
  • Our reserve of bullion is much larger at present than is usually kept in a single branch office, and the directors have had misgivings upon the subject.
    Adventure II — The Red-Headed League (80% in)
  • directors = members of a board that oversees the affairs of a corporation or other institution
  • My limbs were weary and stiff, for I feared to change my position; yet my nerves were worked up to the highest pitch of tension, and my hearing was so acute that I could not only hear the gentle breathing of my companions, but I could distinguish the deeper, heavier in-breath of the bulky Jones from the thin, sighing note of the bank director.
    Adventure II — The Red-Headed League (85% in)
director = supervisor (person in charge)

(editor's note:  The suffix "-or" often converts a verb to a noun that means "a person who."  This is the pattern you see in words like actor, editor, and visitor.)
There are no more uses of "direct" flagged with this meaning in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

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?  —5 uses
exact meaning not specified
  • Of course I never doubted for a moment that my first duty was now to him, and I determined to do just whatever he might direct.
    Adventure X — The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor (83% in)
  • She could trust her own guardianship, but she could not tell what indirect or political influence might be brought to bear upon a business man.
    Adventure I — A Scandal in Bohemia (71% in)
  • Then, again, the introduction of his name will cause him to see it, for everyone who knows him will direct his attention to it.
    Adventure VII — The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle (39% in)
  • They inherit Plantagenet blood by direct descent, and Tudor on the distaff side.
    Adventure X — The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor (11% in)
  • I think that I may arrive at my facts most directly by questioning you.
    Adventure X — The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor (33% in)

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