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direct
used in Hatchet

2 meanings, 8 uses
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1  —6 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
  • Directly across the lake from it, at the inside corner of the L, was a mound of sticks and mud rising up out of the water a good eight or ten feet.
    Chapter 4 (85% in)
directly = close
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • And when the sun was fully up and heating him directly, bringing steam off of his wet clothes and bathing him with warmth, the mosquitoes and flies disappeared.
    Chapter 4 (57% in)
  • directly = without anything in between
  • Apparently they didn't like the deep of night, perhaps because it was too cool, and they couldn't take the direct sunlight.
    Chapter 4 (60% in)
  • direct = unobstructed (with nothing in between)
  • He was going to say more, some silly human words, but in less than half a second the skunk had snapped its rear end up, curved the tail over, and sprayed Brian with a direct shot aimed at his head from less than four feet away.
    Chapter 14 (23% in)
  • direct = exact
  • But in the end he found that if he saw the bird sitting and moved sideways toward it, not directly toward it but at an angle, back and forth, he could get close enough to put the spear point out ahead almost to the bird and thrust-lunge with it.
    Chapter 15 (61% in)
  • directly = straight (in a straight line)
  • It passed directly over him, very low, tipped a wing sharply over the tail of the crashed plane in the lake, cut power, glided down the long part of the L of the lake, then turned and glided back, touching the water gently once, twice, and settling with a spray to taxi and stop with its floats gently bumping the beach in front of Brian's shelter.
    Chapter 19 (83% in)
directly = straight (in a straight line)
There are no more uses of "direct" flagged with this meaning in Hatchet.

Typical Usage  (best examples)
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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)
  • The foolbird sat still for him and he did not look directly at it until he drew the second arrow and aimed and released and missed again.
    Chapter 16 (16% in)
directly = in a straightforward manner (clearly without any ambiguity)
  • He did this four times, never looking at the bird directly, moving toward it at an angle so that it seemed he was moving off to the side, he had perfected this method after many attempts and it worked so well that he had actually caught one with his bare hands, until he was standing less than three feet from the bird, which was frozen in a hiding attitude in the brush.
    Chapter 16 (12% in)
directly = in a straightforward manner (clearly without any ambiguity)
There are no more uses of "direct" flagged with this meaning in Hatchet.

Typical Usage  (best examples)
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