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direct British & World English

Extending or moving from one place to another without changing direction or stopping

direct English Thesaurus

this was the most direct route

art-direct British & World English

To oversee or work on as an art director.

direct sum British & World English

A set regarded formally as the sum of sets X 1,…,X n, consisting of ordered n-tuples (x 1,…,x n), where x i ∈ X i, and distinguished from a direct product only in the case of an infinite number of sets, the direct sum consisting only of sequences containing a finite number of non-zero elements.

direct mail British & World English

Unsolicited commercial literature sent to prospective customers through the post

direct rule British & World English

A system of government in which a province is controlled by a central government

direct tax British & World English

A tax, such as income tax, which is levied on the income or profits of the person who pays it, rather than on goods or services

direct access British & World English

The facility of retrieving data immediately from any part of a computer file, without having to read the file from the beginning

direct action British & World English

The use of strikes, demonstrations, or other public forms of protest rather than negotiation to achieve one’s demands

direct debit British & World English

An arrangement made with a bank that allows a third party to transfer money from a person’s account on agreed dates, typically in order to pay bills

direct-drive British & World English

Denoting or relating to mechanical parts driven directly by a motor, without a belt or other device to transmit power

direct labour British & World English

Labour involved in production rather than administration, maintenance, and other support services

direct method British & World English

A system of teaching a foreign language using only that language and without emphasis on the study of grammar

direct object British & World English

A noun phrase denoting a person or thing that is the recipient of the action of a transitive verb, for example the dog in Jeremy fed the dog

direct speech British & World English

The reporting of speech by repeating the actual words of a speaker, for example ‘I’m going,’ she said

direct product British & World English

A direct sum of sets regarded formally as a product, which in the case of an infinite number of sets is allowed to contain infinite sequences of non-zero elements.

direct response British & World English

A marketing strategy whereby an advertisement supplies a telephone number or other details, enabling a customer to order directly from the manufacturer or service provider concerned, rather than via a retailer; chiefly attributive.

direct banking British & World English

Another term for telebanking.

direct current British & World English

An electric current flowing in one direction only

direct deposit British & World English

The electronic transfer of money from one bank account to another

direct dialling British & World English

The facility of making a telephone call without connection by the operator

direct discourse British & World English

Another term for direct speech.

direct examination British & World English

Another term for examination-in-chief.

direct injection British & World English

(In diesel engines) the use of a pump to spray fuel into the cylinder at high pressure, without the use of compressed air

direct marketing British & World English

The business of selling products or services directly to the public, e.g. by mail order or telephone selling, rather than through retailers

direct proportion British & World English

The relation between quantities whose ratio is constant

direct-grant school British & World English

(In the UK) a fee-paying school that received funds from the government in return for the admission of non-paying pupils nominated by the local authority

gasoline direct injection British & World English

A method of fuel injection designed to increase fuel efficiency in motor vehicles, in which petrol is injected directly into the engine's combustion chambers without the use of a carburettor; abbreviated GDI.

direct something at/to in direct British & World English

Address a comment to or aim a criticism at

direct something at in direct British & World English

Target a product or advertisement specifically at (someone)

redirect British & World English

Direct (something) to a new or different place or purpose

direct ratio in direct proportion British & World English

The relation between quantities whose ratio is constant