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direct
used in Murder On The Orient Express

5 meanings, 20 uses
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1  —5 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
  • Princess Dragomiroff was looking at Poirot with a very direct glance.
    3.9 — Part 3 Chapter 9 — Poirot Propounds Two Solutions (19% in)
direct = focused (where stated)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Therefore this story, the story of a small dark man with a womanish voice dressed in Wagon Lit uniform, rests on the testimony, direct or indirect, of four witnesses.
    2.13 — Part 2 Chapter 13 — Summary of the Passengers' Evidence (55% in)
  • indirect = with the involvement of other people (repeated rather than heard first hand)

    (Editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in indirect means not and reverses the meaning of direct. This is the same pattern you see in words like invisible, incomplete, and insecure.)
  • He looked at her with a very direct glance.
    2.15 — Part 2 Chapter 15 — The Evidence of the Passengers' Luggage (29% in)
  • direct = focused (where stated)
  • Taken at its simplest it is a clue which directly incriminates someone whose initial is H, and it was dropped there unwittingly by that person.
    3.3 — Part 3 Chapter 3 — Certain Suggestive Points (75% in)
  • directly = completely
  • Now-though her statement would have been perfectly true if she had been occupying compartment No. 2, 4, 12 or any even number, in which the bolt is directly under the handle of the door-in the uneven numbers such as compartment No. 3 the bolt is well above the handle and could not therefore be masked by the sponge-bag in the least.
    3.9 — Part 3 Chapter 9 — Poirot Propounds Two Solutions (39% in)
directly = close
There are no more uses of "direct" flagged with this meaning in Murder On The Orient Express.

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2  —4 uses as in:
was direct in my instructions
Definition
straightforward (uncomplicated or simple — perhaps also indicating openness and honesty)
  • An indirect victim, you might say.
    3.4 — Part 3 Chapter 4 — The Grease Spot on a Hungarian Passport (78% in)
indirect = not straightforward (incidental or unintended)

(Editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in indirect means not and reverses the meaning of direct. This is the same pattern you see in words like invisible, incomplete, and insecure.)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • He could visualize the scene-the large, voluble Italian, and the snub direct administered by the gentleman's gentleman.
    2.3 — Part 2 Chapter 3 — The Evidence of the Valet (62% in)
  • direct = clear
  • And you do not like the waste of time. No, you like to come straight to the point. You like the direct method.
    2.15 — Part 2 Chapter 15 — The Evidence of the Passengers' Luggage (55% in)
  • direct = straightforward (specific and to the point)
  • Eh bien, I will give it to you, the direct method.
    2.15 — Part 2 Chapter 15 — The Evidence of the Passengers' Luggage (55% in)
direct = straightforward (specific and to the point)
There are no more uses of "direct" flagged with this meaning in Murder On The Orient Express.

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3  —1 use 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
  • There must be on the train someone so intimately connected with the Armstrong family that the finding of that note would immediately direct suspicion upon that person.
    3.3 — Part 3 Chapter 3 — Certain Suggestive Points (73% in)
direct = focus
There are no more uses of "direct" flagged with this meaning in Murder On The Orient Express.

Typical Usage  (best examples)
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4  —3 uses as in:
directed the jury to...
Definition
give instructions or commands
  • I directed the conductor to make up my bed whilst I was in the dining-car.
    2.6 — Part 2 Chapter 6 — The Evidence of the Russian Princess (62% in)
directed = instructed
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • He spoke to Poirot's porter, directing him where to go.
    1.2 — Part 1 Chapter 2 — The Tokatlian Hotel (74% in)
  • directing = instructing
  • He had directed me to make up the bed while he was at dinner, and I did so.
    2.1 — Part 2 Chapter 1 — The Evidence (25% in)
directed = instructed
There are no more uses of "direct" flagged with this meaning in Murder On The Orient Express.

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5  —7 uses as in:
directed the movie
Definition
supervise, control, or to be in charge of
  • "You are a director of the company, M. Bouc," he said.
    3.9 — Part 3 Chapter 9 — Poirot Propounds Two Solutions (98% in)
director = a member of a board that oversees the affairs of a corporation or other institution

(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)
  • M. Bouc was a Belgian, a director of the Compagnie Internationale des Wagons Lits, and his acquaintance with the former star of the Belgian police force dated back many years.
    1.2 — Part 1 Chapter 2 — The Tokatlian Hotel (15% 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.)
  • However, even the most munificent of tips lose their effect when a Director of the Company is on board and issues his orders.
    1.2 — Part 1 Chapter 2 — The Tokatlian Hotel (86% in)
  • director = a member of a board that oversees the affairs of a corporation or other institution

    (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.)
  • But that is because he is a director of the line, not because he has a strong character.
    1.5 — Part 1 Chapter 5 — The Crime (42% 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.)
  • Poirot, Madame; and this is M. Bouc, a director of the company, and Dr. Constantine.
    2.4 — Part 2 Chapter 4 — The Evidence of the American Lady (25% in)
  • director = a member of a board that oversees the affairs of a corporation or other institution

    (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.)
  • This is M. Bouc, a director of the Compagnie des Wagons Lits.
    2.9 — Part 2 Chapter 9 — The Evidence of Mr. Hardman (16% in)
  • director = a member of a board that oversees the affairs of a corporation or other institution

    (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.)
  • It had been reserved long beforehand for a director of the company.
    3.9 — Part 3 Chapter 9 — Poirot Propounds Two Solutions (94% in)
director = a member of a board that oversees the affairs of a corporation or other institution

(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 Murder On The Orient Express.

Typical Usage  (best examples)
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