Definition of directory in English:
noun (plural directories)
1A book or website listing individuals or organizations alphabetically or thematically with details such as names, addresses, and telephone numbers.
- I go down to the MHS library and begin looking at the 1912 city directories, alphabetical listings of people, their addresses, and occupations.
- The directory, besides listing details about its members, has several other user-friendly features.
- Even media businesses or services without a web presence can benefit from having their details listed in the directory.
1.1A board in an organization or large store listing names and locations of departments, individuals, etc.
- There's a store directory over there.
- I heard giggling from behind the directory board as I left with Sam, and I knew it was Katie.
- Mr Masri also says that the CCC logo was on display alongside CCUK's name on the company directory inside the entrance to CCUK's offices.
1.2 Computing A file which consists solely of a set of other files (which may themselves be directories).
- Though my home directory is encrypted, my data still may not be completely safe.
- Windows users' roaming user profiles also are stored in their home directories on the server.
- Of course you can delete your entire root directory with this approach if you so choose.
late Middle English (in the general sense 'something that directs'): from late Latin directorium, from director 'governor', from dirigere 'to guide'.
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