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direct
used in The Devils Arithmetic

2 meanings, 6 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
  • They were herded directly into another room and made to line up single file.
    Chapter 12 (32% in)
directly = immediately
There are no more uses of "direct" flagged with this meaning in The Devils Arithmetic.

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2  —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
  • The newcomers had been shipped directly to processing, a change in routine that frightened even the long-termers.
    Chapter 16 (69% in)
directly = straight (without anything in between)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Gitl raised her chin, squinted her eyes and, ignoring Hannah, addressed Fayge directly.
    Chapter 9 (34% in)
  • directly = personally (person-to-person)
  • One of the two women directly behind Hannah smelled of garlic.
    Chapter 10 (46% in)
  • directly = close
  • As the engine bumped against the two cars, shaking them and making it hard to stand, Hannah managed to twist just enough to speak directly to the rabbi.
    Chapter 10 (51% in)
  • directly = straight (without anything in between)
  • Pushing the man's head back, Breuer spoke directly to him, but in a voice that carried around the compound: "I let you play music because it is said that music feeds the gods."
    Chapter 18 (16% in)
directly = straight (exactly where stated; used for emphasis)
There are no more uses of "direct" flagged with this meaning in The Devils Arithmetic.

Typical Usage  (best examples)
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