Direct action. (Mach.) See Direct- acting.Direct discourse(Gram.), the language of any one quoted without change in its form; as, he said "I can not come;" — correlative to indirect discourse, in which there is change of form; as, he said that he could not come. They are often called respectively by their Latin names, oratio directa, and oratio obliqua.Direct evidence(Law), evidence which is positive or not inferential; — opposed to circumstantial, or indirect, evidence. — This distinction, however,

1. Anything consisting of two leaves. Especially: (a) (Roman Antiq.) A writing tablet consisting of two leaves of rigid material connected by hinges and shutting together so as to protect the writing within. (b) A picture or series of pictures painted on two tablets connected by hinges. See Triptych.

2. A double catalogue, containing in one part the names of living, and in the other of deceased, ecclesiastics and benefactors of the church; a catalogue of saints.

(Di*pyre") n. [Gr. di- = di`s- twice fire.] (Min.) A mineral of the scapolite group; — so called from the double effect of fire upon it, in fusing it, and rendering it phosphorescent.

(Di`py*re"nous) a. [Pref. di- + pyrene.] (Bot.) Containing two stones or nutlets.

(Di*pyr"i*dine) n. [Pref. di- + pyridine.] (Geom.) A polymeric form of pyridine, C10H10N2, obtained as a colorless oil by the action of sodium on pyridine.

(Di*pyr"i*dyl) n. [Pref. di- + pyridine + -yl.] (Chem.) A crystalline nitrogenous base, C10H8N2, obtained by the reduction of pyridine.

(Di*ra`di*a"tion) n. [Pref. di- + radiation.] The emission and diffusion of rays of light.

(Dire) a. [Compar. Direr ; superl. Direst.] [L. dirus; of uncertain origin.]

1. Ill-boding; portentous; as, dire omens.

2. Evil in great degree; dreadful; dismal; horrible; terrible; lamentable.

Dire was the tossing, deep the groans.

Gorgons and hydras and chimeras dire.

(Di*rect") a. [L. directus, p. p. of dirigere to direct: cf. F. direct. See Dress, and cf. Dirge.]

1. Straight; not crooked, oblique, or circuitous; leading by the short or shortest way to a point or end; as, a direct line; direct means.

What is direct to, what slides by, the question.

2. Straightforward; not of crooked ways, or swerving from truth and openness; sincere; outspoken.

Be even and direct with me.

3. Immediate; express; plain; unambiguous.

He nowhere, that I know, says it in direct words.

A direct and avowed interference with elections.

4. In the line of descent; not collateral; as, a descendant in the direct line.

5. (Astron.) In the direction of the general planetary motion, or from west to east; in the order of the signs; not retrograde; — said of the motion of a celestial body.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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