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direct
used in Unbroken by Hillenbrand

3 meanings, 20 uses
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1  —12 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
  • He had a curious affinity for eating food directly out of cans, cold.
    p. 385.6
directly = straight (without anything in between)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • As it leveled off, Zamperini could see the muzzles of the machine guns, aimed directly at them.
    p. xviii.8
  • directly = straight (exactly where stated; used for emphasis)
  • It was coming from directly above the house.
    p. 3.3
  • directly = in a straight line
  • Pillsbury looked to the side and saw yellow dashes of tracer fire, heading directly toward them.
    p. 75.5
  • directly = in a straight line
  • For a moment, the Zero continued to speed directly at the nose of Super Man.
    p. 97.3
  • directly = straight (in a straight line)
  • The Zero reached the top of its arc, leveled off, and sped directly toward Super Man.
    p. 100.3
  • directly = straight (in a straight line)
  • The shark kept coming, directly at Louie's head.
    p. 155.5
  • directly = straight (in a straight line)
  • If they were right in their belief that they were drifting directly west, then the Marshalls and Gilberts were roughly equidistant from them.
    p. 159.3
  • directly = straight (in a straight line)
  • Louie was standing directly underneath the largest air battle yet fought over Japan.
    p. 274.2
  • directly = straight (exactly where stated; used for emphasis)
  • With some effort, Louie hoisted it up, and the Bird ordered him to lift it high and hold it directly over his head.
    p. 295.6
  • directly = straight (in a straight line)
  • It carried through the air westward, directly toward the river.
    p. 307.2
  • directly = straight (in a straight line)
  • He had a direct gaze, a stern jawline, and a southern sway in his voice, the product of a childhood spent on a North Carolina dairy farm.
    p. 370.0
direct = straight and steady
There are no more uses of "direct" flagged with this meaning in Unbroken by Hillenbrand.

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2  —6 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
  • On the night of Torrance's church bell miracle, a well-directed flashlight would have revealed Pete's legs dangling from the tree alongside Louie's.
    p. 8.4
directed = aimed
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The other engineer was Virginia native Clarence Douglas, who would operate one of the two side-directed waist guns, behind the wings.
    p. 58.3
  • directed = pointed
  • He gave Deasy roughly the same instruction but directed him to a slightly different area.
    p. 115.6
  • directed = sent
  • As hunger bleated inside them, the men experienced a classic symptom of starvation, the inability to direct their thoughts away from food.
    p. 142.9
  • direct = focus
  • His eyes were to be directed downward at all times.
    p. 192.8
  • directed = pointed
  • He tossed his head high, jutted out his chin, and directed a hard gaze at Simon.
    p. 396.3
directed = pointed
There are no more uses of "direct" flagged with this meaning in Unbroken by Hillenbrand.

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3  —2 uses as in:
directed the movie
Definition
supervise, control, or to be in charge of
  • That fall, while Louie was on his way to becoming an airman, an urgent letter landed on the desk of J. Edgar Hoover, director of the FBI.
    p. 45.9
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.)
  • And after the news of Louie's death broke, the film director Cecil B. DeMille showed up to do a radio interview with the family for the Sixth War Bond Drive.
    p. 255.6
director = person in charge of making a film

(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 Unbroken by Hillenbrand.

Typical Usage  (best examples)
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