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direct
used in The Hidden Oracle

3 meanings, 19 uses
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1  —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
  • One of the shiny smoke clouds pulled a dirty trick, pluming from the pavement directly in front of us.
    p. 52.5
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Meg glowered at me as if our little Greek excursion had been my fault and not .... well, only indirectly my fault.
    p. 174.8
  • She pointed to a tunnel directly behind the queen's clutch of eggs.
    p. 264.4

There are no more uses of "direct" flagged with this meaning in The Hidden Oracle.

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2  —1 use as in:
was direct in my instructions
Definition
straightforward (uncomplicated or simple — perhaps also indicating openness and honesty)
  • I am only indirectly responsible for this!
    p. 331.9

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3  —5 uses as in:
directed the movie
Definition
supervise, control, or to be in charge of
  • Also the director of this camp.
    p. 97.5
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • This is why we convinced the board of directors to hire us!
    p. 222.6
  • Are you telling me the forest has a board of directors?
    p. 222.7
  • Perhaps the board of directors had a rule against pets.
    p. 230.7
  • Nobody on the board of directors even knew about it.
    p. 235.8

There are no more uses of "direct" flagged with this meaning in The Hidden Oracle.

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?  —10 uses
exact meaning not specified
  • To avoid running into the huge bronze Colossus directly in their path, they dove toward the earth.
    p. 334.8
  • He marched toward the fire escape ladder, but a banana peel seemed to slither directly into his path.
    p. 13.8
  • I directed it myself!
    p. 74.9
  • The satyrs directed us to spread out across the meadow.
    p. 156.7
  • Without a way to see and direct our fates, we will wither and die—gods and mortals alike, anyone who opposes the Triumvirate.
    p. 205.1
  • As a poet, I did not cultivate directness.
    p. 224.3
  • Instead of punishing me directly, Zeus or the Fates or all the gods together had visited their wrath upon Meg McCaffrey.
    p. 233.9
  • If you want to punish me, Father, be my guest, but have the courage to hurt me directly, not my mortal companion.
    p. 254.7
  • I would have brought him into the Grove of Dodona, but I had a feeling I wouldn't be doing him any favors by putting him in a dead-end clearing full of insane voices, in the direct path of approaching flames.
    p. 295.9
  • I sang directly into the mouth of the myrmekes' tunnel, trusting the acoustics to carry my message.
    p. 314.1

There are no more uses of "direct" in The Hidden Oracle.

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