Roget's Thesaurus: Entry 278 (Direction)

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#278. Direction. -- N. direction, bearing, course, vector; set, drift, tenor; tendency &c. 176; incidence; bending, trending &c. v.; dip, tack, aim, collimation; steering steerage.

point of the compass, cardinal points; North East, South, West; N by E, ENE, NE by N, NE, &c; rhumb[obs], azimuth, line of collimation.

line, path, road, range, quarter, line of march; alignment, allignment[obs]; air line, beeline; straight shoot.

V. tend towards, bend towards, point towards; conduct to, go to; point to, point at; bend, trend, verge, incline, dip, determine.

steer for, steer towards, make for, make towards; aim at, level at; take aim; keep a course, hold a course; be bound for; bend one's steps towards; direct one's course, steer one's course, bend one's course, shape one's course; align one's march, allign one's march[obs]; to straight, go straight to the point; march on, march on a point.

ascertain one's direction &c. n.; s'orienter[French], see which way the wind blows; box the compass; take the air line.

Adj. directed &c. v. directed towards; pointing towards &c. v.; bound for; aligned, with alligned with[obs]; direct, straight; undeviating, unswerving; straightforward; North, Northern, Northerly, &c. n.

Adv. towards; on the road, on the high road to; en avant; versus, to; hither, thither, whither; directly; straight as an arrow, forwards as an arrow; point blank; in a bee line to, in a direct line to, as the crow flies, in a straight line to, in a bee line for, in a direct line for, in a straight line for, in a bee line with, in a direct line with, in a straight line with; in a line with; full tilt at, as the crow flies.

before the wind, near the wind, close to the wind, against the wind; windwards, in the wind's eye.

through, via, by way of; in all directions, in all manner of ways; quaquaversum[Lat], from the four winds.

Phr. the shortest distance between two points is a straight line.