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direct
used in Atlas Shrugged

5 meanings, 90 uses
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1  —1 use as in:
depart directly
Definition
without delay, or in the quickest manner, or without going somewhere else first
  • It would have taken a staff of accountants to figure that out, and a staff of engineers to trace the way it was piped, directly or indirectly, into his office.
    2.10 Part 2 Chapter 10 — The Sign of the Dollar (30% in)
directly = straight (without going anywhere else first)
There are no more uses of "direct" flagged with this meaning in Atlas Shrugged.

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2  —3 uses 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
  • She wondered why it kept growing in direct proportion to her self-admonitions that faith was the duty she owed him.
    3.4 Part 3 Chapter 4 — Anti-Life (35% in)
direct = exact or close
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • She met a direct glance and saw an open, eager smile, as if he were sharing a confidence with a friend.
    1.1 Part 1 Chapter 1 — The Theme (50% in)
  • direct = focused (where stated)
  • She looked at close range into the gun-metal eyes that seemed cold and intense at once, the eyes that looked at her directly with a polite, impersonal curiosity.
    2.2 Part 2 Chapter 2 — The Aristocracy of Pull (40% in)
directly = straight (focusing where stated rather than including it as part of a larger focus; or a careful look rather than a quick glance)
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3  —1 use as in:
was direct in my instructions
Definition
straightforward (uncomplicated or simple — perhaps also indicating openness and honesty)
  • It would have taken a staff of accountants to figure that out, and a staff of engineers to trace the way it was piped, directly or indirectly, into his office.
    2.10 Part 2 Chapter 10 — The Sign of the Dollar (30% in)

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4  —15 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
  • He stood impassively, his head held level, she saw the undisturbed lines of his profile, his eyes directed at the door.
    3.8 Part 3 Chapter 8 — The Egoist (47% in)
directed = aimed, or intended for
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • He stood across the room, looking at her; it was a glance directed at her whole person; she knew its meaning and it held her motionless, "I still want to sleep with you," he said.
    1.5 Part 1 Chapter 5 — The Climax of the D'Anconias (99% in)
  • directed = focused, aimed, or intended for
  • Lillian, I don't think that Henry is having a good time," he said, smiling; one could not tell whether the mockery of his smile was directed at Lillian or at Rearden.
    1.6 Part 1 Chapter 6 — The Non-Commercial (50% in)
  • directed = aimed, or intended for
  • His face was hard; it had an expression of severity, an inner severity directed at himself; it looked austere and lonely.
    1.6 Part 1 Chapter 6 — The Non-Commercial (57% in)
  • directed = aimed, or intended for
  • She turned to look at him and he saw the light of an inner smile, while her face remained solemnly grave; it was the most eloquently personal glance he had ever seen directed at himself, while she answered in a quiet, impersonal voice, "Mr.
    1.9 Part 1 Chapter 9 — The Sacred and the Profane (19% in)
  • directed = aimed, or intended for
  • He stood looking at her as if it took all of his effort to keep his eyes directed at her face, to keep seeing her, to endure the sight.
    1.10 Part 1 Chapter 10 — Wyatt's Torch (35% in)
  • directed = focused or pointed
  • He had pronounced the words aloud, in a tone of rancorous sarcasm directed at whoever had made him say it.
    2.1 Part 2 Chapter 1 — The Man Who Belonged on Earth (7% in)
  • directed = aimed, or intended for
  • He smiled, not looking at her; it was a mocking smile, but it was a smile of pain and the mockery was directed at himself.
    2.5 Part 2 Chapter 5 — Account Overdrawn (54% in)
  • directed = aimed, or intended for
  • The hatred was directed at whatever had brought him to feel that he would not be able to continue extending this process much longer.
    2.8 Part 2 Chapter 8 — By Our Love (61% in)
  • directed = aimed, or intended for
  • He was looking at her, as if he were seeing her body as she stood before him, even though his eyes were directed at her face, and his glance told her what form of atonement and surrender he was seeing in the future.
    2.9 Part 2 Chapter 9 — The Face Without Pain or Fear or Guilt (17% in)
  • directed = pointed
  • There were no glances directed at her or at one another.
    2.10 Part 2 Chapter 10 — The Sign of the Dollar (55% in)
  • directed = focused, aimed, or intended for
  • But until you do"-the stress of severity in his voice was the sound of effort directed against himself-"remember that I know the meaning of either answer."
    3.1 Part 3 Chapter 1 — Atlantis (99% in)
  • directed = aimed or focused
  • What are you laughing at?" he asked, seeing the look of relief, of silent laughter that did not seem to be directed at his words-and then, before she answered, he smiled suddenly, as if he had guessed the answer, she saw some particular, intensely personal quality in his smile, which was almost a quality of insolent intimacy-in contrast to the calmly impersonal, casual manner with which he went on.
    3.2 Part 3 Chapter 2 — The Utopia of Greed (34% in)
  • directed = aimed
  • He hesitated, then she saw a faint smile that touched only his lips, not his eyes, the kind of smile with which one contemplates-with longing, bitterness and pride-a possession purchased at an excruciating cost; his eyes seemed directed, not at her, but at the girl of that time.
    3.2 Part 3 Chapter 2 — The Utopia of Greed (39% in)
  • directed = aimed
  • The desire was not directed at the unknown thug who had sent a bullet through the boy's body, or at the looting bureaucrats who had hired the thug to do it, but at the boy's teachers who had delivered him, disarmed, to the thug's gun-at the soft, safe assassins of college classrooms who, incompetent to answer the queries of a quest for reason, took pleasure in crippling the young minds entrusted to their care.
    3.6 Part 3 Chapter 6 — The Concerto of Deliverance (86% in)
directed = aimed, or intended for
There are no more uses of "direct" flagged with this meaning in Atlas Shrugged.

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5  —34 uses as in:
directed the movie
Definition
supervise, control, or to be in charge of
  • Gerald Starnes was our Director of Production.
    2.10 Part 2 Chapter 10 — The Sign of the Dollar (30% 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.)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • He was thirty-four when he became President of the railroad Dagny had expected the Board of Directors to elect him, but she had never been able to understand why they did it so eagerly.
    1.3 Part 1 Chapter 3 — The Top and the Bottom (39% in)
  • board of directors = members of a board that oversees the affairs of a corporation or other institution
  • It seemed likely that he did not know it himself: like a field without a windbreak, he seemed open to any current, and the final sum was made by chance, A few among the Directors of Taggart Transcontinental objected to the project.
    1.3 Part 1 Chapter 3 — The Top and the Bottom (48% in)
  • Two of the Directors resigned; so did the Vice-President in Charge of Operation.
    1.3 Part 1 Chapter 3 — The Top and the Bottom (58% in)
  • She never understood why the Board of Directors voted unanimously to make her Vice-President in Charge of Operation.
    1.3 Part 1 Chapter 3 — The Top and the Bottom (62% in)
  • It is a meeting of our Board of Directors.
    1.4 Part 1 Chapter 4 — The Immovable Movers (31% in)
  • James Taggart stood at the long table, addressing the Board of Directors.
    1.4 Part 1 Chapter 4 — The Immovable Movers (36% in)
  • She had heard about his speech to the Board of Directors.
    1.4 Part 1 Chapter 4 — The Immovable Movers (51% in)
  • I have no idea what sort of games you're tangled in, you and your Board of Directors.
    1.7 Part 1 Chapter 7 — The Exploiters and the Exploited (59% in)
  • What about your brother Jim's Board of Directors?
    1.7 Part 1 Chapter 7 — The Exploiters and the Exploited (75% in)
  • "Oh yes, of course, the construction is moving on schedule," said James Taggart, shrugging, to his Board of Directors.
    1.8 Part 1 Chapter 8 — The John Galt Line (35% in)
  • Leaving his office, after the meeting of the Board of Directors, he had realized suddenly that there were no other appointments, that he had a long evening ahead and no one to help him kill it.
    1.9 Part 1 Chapter 9 — The Sacred and the Profane (10% in)
  • He had smiled, seated at the bead of the long table, at the Board meeting, while the Directors spoke about the soaring rise of the Taggart stock on the Exchange, while they cautiously asked to see his written agreement with his sister-just in case, they said-and commented that it was fine, it was hole proof, there was no doubt but that she would have to turn the Line over to Taggart Transcontinental at once, they spoke about their brilliant future and the debt of gratitude which the...
    1.9 Part 1 Chapter 9 — The Sacred and the Profane (10% in)
  • Then a bright young boy just out of college had been sent to him from Washington, as Deputy Director of Distribution.
    2.1 Part 2 Chapter 1 — The Man Who Belonged on Earth (57% 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.)
  • She had spent months fighting the men of Jim's Board of Directors, who said that the national emergency was only temporary and a track that had lasted for ten years could well last for another winter, until spring, when conditions would improve, as Mr. Wesley Mouch had promised.
    2.4 Part 2 Chapter 4 — The Sanction of the Victim (33% in)
  • Dagny, that evening, was facing a meeting of the Taggart Board of Directors.
    2.5 Part 2 Chapter 5 — Account Overdrawn (17% in)
  • The Directors did not know whether he was present as the guest, the adviser or the ruler of the Board; they preferred not to find out.
    2.5 Part 2 Chapter 5 — Account Overdrawn (18% in)
  • Could men such as those on your Board of Directors have brought them out of the cave and up to this?
    2.5 Part 2 Chapter 5 — Account Overdrawn (47% in)
  • Think of them and forget your Board of Directors.
    2.5 Part 2 Chapter 5 — Account Overdrawn (47% in)
  • She noticed some tense, cautious quality in the attentive way he watched her as he leaned forward and asked, "Dagny, the men of your Board of Directors are no match for Nat Taggart, are they?
    2.5 Part 2 Chapter 5 — Account Overdrawn (52% in)
  • The weather seemed afraid to take a stand and clung noncommittally to some sort of road's middle; Board of Directors' weather, she thought.
    2.5 Part 2 Chapter 5 — Account Overdrawn (61% in)
  • The sharper bites of fear came from the thought of the men on the Board of Directors; but his letter of resignation was his fire escape, which would leave them stuck with the fire.
    2.8 Part 2 Chapter 8 — By Our Love (66% in)
  • He got himself voted as Director of our Public Relations Department, which didn't do anything, except that he had a staff for the not doing of anything, so he didn't have to bother sticking around the office.
    2.10 Part 2 Chapter 10 — The Sign of the Dollar (30% 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.)
  • She was our Director of Distribution.
    2.10 Part 2 Chapter 10 — The Sign of the Dollar (32% in)
  • ...the world, with all of its magnificent machinery, its thousand-ton furnaces, its transatlantic cables, its mahogany offices, its stock exchanges, its blazing electric signs, its power, its wealth-all of it was run, not by bankers and boards of directors, but by any unshaved humanitarian in any basement beer joint, by any face pudgy with malice, who preached that virtue must be penalized for being virtue, that the purpose of ability is to serve incompetence, that man has no right to...
    3.2 Part 3 Chapter 2 — The Utopia of Greed (22% in)
  • The Director of Unification.
    3.3 Part 3 Chapter 3 — Anti-Greed (44% in)
  • He paused, then added, "The Director of Unification is sole judge of the public welfare and has sole authority over the allocation of any motive power and rolling stock on any railroad anywhere in the United States."
    3.3 Part 3 Chapter 3 — Anti-Greed (47% in)
  • It had been followed by a small cocktail party in a private room of the bar built like a cellar on the roof of a skyscraper, an informal party given by him, James Taggart, for the directors of a recently formed company, The Interneighborly Amity and Development Corporation, of which Orren Boyle was president and a slender, graceful, overactive man from Chile was treasurer, a man whose name was Senor Mario Martinez, but whom Taggart was tempted, by some resemblance of spirit, to call...
    3.4 Part 3 Chapter 4 — Anti-Life (3% in)
  • I want to get out of the Deputy-Director-of-Distribution racket.
    3.5 Part 3 Chapter 5 — Their Brothers' Keepers (47% in)
  • Well .... because our Board of Directors is to meet next week.
    3.5 Part 3 Chapter 5 — Their Brothers' Keepers (65% in)
  • The tower director was too expert a man at too exacting a job to be able wholly to conceal the dangerous burden of intelligence.
    3.5 Part 3 Chapter 5 — Their Brothers' Keepers (79% in)
  • She knew that she had finished speaking to the strangers when she saw that the tower director had stepped forward and was saying something to them, glancing at a list in his hand.
    3.5 Part 3 Chapter 5 — Their Brothers' Keepers (86% in)
  • She lost the sound of the director's voice behind her.
    3.5 Part 3 Chapter 5 — Their Brothers' Keepers (87% in)
  • The station's program director was blindly obeying the absolute that no radio time was ever to be left blank.
    3.8 Part 3 Chapter 8 — The Egoist (2% in)

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exact meaning not specified
  • He was suddenly seeing the motive that had directed all the actions of his life.
    3.9 Part 3 Chapter 9 — The Generator (93% in)
  • The dark gray eyes were direct and disturbing, as if they cut through things, throwing the inconsequential out of the way.
    1.1 Part 1 Chapter 1 — The Theme (59% in)
  • There was no hostility in his face; he looked straight at her, he answered simply, directly; he spoke like one who has nothing to hide, or to show; the face was polite and empty.
    1.1 Part 1 Chapter 1 — The Theme (95% in)
  • Her motive, he thought, was a proudly indirect attempt to test his feeling and to confess her own.
    1.2 Part 1 Chapter 2 — The Chain (56% in)
  • What, then, directs men's actions?
    1.7 Part 1 Chapter 7 — The Exploiters and the Exploited (49% in)
  • It was her last sentence that made him face her suddenly, face her simply, directly, not as one on the defensive any longer.
    1.10 Part 1 Chapter 10 — Wyatt's Torch (37% in)
  • Taggart said dryly, frowning, "There are many reasons-business reasons-why it is sometimes advisable not to make one's investments directly.
    2.2 Part 2 Chapter 2 — The Aristocracy of Pull (62% in)
  • "I suppose," said Taggart, in the cautious tone of an indirect question, "that I should feel flattered you chose to come to this party."
    2.2 Part 2 Chapter 2 — The Aristocracy of Pull (64% in)
  • If that which Rearden felt could have gone directly into words, past the barrier of his will, he would have cried: Don't let me down-I need you-I am fighting all of them, I have fought to my limit and am condemned to fight beyond it-and, as sole ammunition possible to me, I need the knowledge of one single man whom I can trust, respect and admire.
    2.4 Part 2 Chapter 4 — The Sanction of the Victim (78% in)
  • Instead, he said calmly, very simply-and the only note of a personal bond between them was that tone of sincerity which comes with a direct, unqualifiedly rational statement and implies the same honesty of mind in the listener-"You know, I think that the only real moral crime that one man can commit against another is the attempt to create, by his words or actions, an impression of the contradictory, the impossible, the irrational, and thus shake the concept of rationality in his...
    2.4 Part 2 Chapter 4 — The Sanction of the Victim (79% in)
  • He saw who was the accuser and who the accused-he saw the obscenity of letting impotence hold itself as virtue and damn the power of living as a sinhe saw, with the clarity of direct perception, in the shock of a single instant, the terrible ugliness of that which had once been his own belief.
    2.5 Part 2 Chapter 5 — Account Overdrawn (97% in)
  • He felt that his one danger would be to glance directly at Danneskjold-and he kept his eyes on the policeman, on the brass buttons of a blue uniform, but the object filling his consciousness, more forcefully than a visual perception, was Danneskjold's body, the naked body under the clothes, the body that would be wiped out of existence.
    2.7 Part 2 Chapter 7 — The Moratorium on Brains (40% in)
  • He looked as if all masks were down, he looked direct, tightly disciplined, intent upon a purpose, he looked like a man able to know the earnestness of action, as she had once expected him to look-he had never seemed so attractive as he did in this moment-and she noted, in astonishment, her sudden feeling that he was not a man who had deserted her, but a man whom she had deserted.
    2.9 Part 2 Chapter 9 — The Face Without Pain or Fear or Guilt (7% in)
  • "I know it," he said, his voice low, so that she did not hear the pain, but felt it within herself as if by direct reflection from him.
    2.9 Part 2 Chapter 9 — The Face Without Pain or Fear or Guilt (20% in)
  • It was as if he were a single whole, grasped by her first glance at him, like some irreducible absolute, like an axiom not to be explained any further, as if she knew everything about him by direct perception, and what awaited her now was only the process of identifying her knowledge.
    3.1 Part 3 Chapter 1 — Atlantis (6% in)
  • A sheaf of sparks went up in the depth of the fog-and she saw the broad back of a foreman whose arm made the sweeping gesture of a signal, directing some invisible task.
    3.1 Part 3 Chapter 1 — Atlantis (44% in)
  • While the strength of her body was gone, while her mind had lost the faculty of consciousness, a single emotion drew on her remnants of energy, of understanding, of judgment, of control, leaving her nothing to resist it with or to direct it, making her unable to desire, only to feel, reducing her to a mere sensation-a static sensation without start or goal.
    3.1 Part 3 Chapter 1 — Atlantis (62% in)
  • He had the direct, imperious manner of an aristocrat or a roughneck; he looked like one and was dressed like the other.
    3.2 Part 3 Chapter 2 — The Utopia of Greed (2% in)
  • She watched the course of his struggle, whether by means of his steps, begun in one direction and swerving in another, or by means of her certainty that her body had become an instrument for the direct perception of his, like a screen reflecting both movements and motives-she could not tell.
    3.2 Part 3 Chapter 2 — The Utopia of Greed (40% in)
  • When she faced him at the table, when she saw the earnest, questioning directness of his eyes and the severely literal simplicity of his words, she dropped all attempts at casual prodding, she told him what she wanted to know and why, briefly, impersonally, not appealing for help or for pity, only for truth.
    3.4 Part 3 Chapter 4 — Anti-Life (37% in)
  • But they-she looked at the face of her signal engineer —they believed that that muscular contraction of a hand was the only thing required to move the traffic-and now the tower men stood idleand on the great panels in front of the tower director, the red and green lights, which had flashed announcing the progress of trains at a distance of miles, were now so many glass beads-like the glass beads for which another breed of savages had once sold the Island of Manhattan.
    3.5 Part 3 Chapter 5 — Their Brothers' Keepers (80% in)
  • She pointed to the tower director.
    3.5 Part 3 Chapter 5 — Their Brothers' Keepers (82% in)
  • The tower director will assign switchmen to their posts.
    3.5 Part 3 Chapter 5 — Their Brothers' Keepers (84% in)
  • It was the soft voice of the tower director, who stood by her side, with some sort of paper in his hand-and she thought it was strange to emerge from a span of unconsciousness which had been the span of the sharpest awareness she had ever experienced, only she did not know how long it had lasted or where she was or why.
    3.5 Part 3 Chapter 5 — Their Brothers' Keepers (84% in)
  • The face disappeared, but the sound of his steps served as the link to the next blue light that swept across the line of his eyes, the eyes that remained held level, directed ahead-and she felt certain that she had stayed in his sight from the moment he had seen her at the tower.
    3.5 Part 3 Chapter 5 — Their Brothers' Keepers (88% in)
  • Then she was conscious of nothing but the sensations of her body, because her body acquired the sudden power to let her know her most complex values by direct perception.
    3.5 Part 3 Chapter 5 — Their Brothers' Keepers (89% in)
  • A plant must feed itself in order to live; the sunlight, the water, the chemicals it needs are the values its nature has set it to pursue; its life is the standard of value directing its actions.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (17% in)
  • Nothing can direct the process but his own judgment.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (23% in)
  • Nothing can direct his judgment but his moral integrity.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (23% in)
  • To the extent to which a man is rational, life is the premise directing his actions.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (25% in)
  • To the extent to which he is irrational, the premise directing his actions is death.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (25% in)
  • ...terms, who would be the men that would now fail to appear at their posts on some coming morning and would silently vanish in search of unknown frontiers-the men whose faces were tighter than the faces around them, whose eyes were more direct, whose energy was more conscientiously enduring-the men who were now slipping away, one by one, from every corner of the countryof the country which was now like the descendant of what had once been regal glory, prostrated by the scourge of...
    3.8 Part 3 Chapter 8 — The Egoist (18% in)
  • The motive directing his hands and feet was four days behind him.
    3.9 Part 3 Chapter 9 — The Generator (3% in)
  • These chips had been the only compass directing his course through four days and nights-while he drove down deserted highways, across a country collapsing into chaos, while he developed a monomaniac's cunning for obtaining illegal purchases of gas, while he snatched random hours of restless sleep, in obscure motels, under assumed names...... I'm Robert Stadler-he had thought, his mind repeating it as a formula of omnipotence...... To seize control-he had thought, speeding against the futile...
    3.9 Part 3 Chapter 9 — The Generator (8% in)
  • Direct action!
    3.9 Part 3 Chapter 9 — The Generator (25% in)
  • Only direct action can work now.
    3.9 Part 3 Chapter 9 — The Generator (43% in)

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