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From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Direct \Di*rect"\, a. (Political Science)
Pertaining to, or effected immediately by, action of the
people through their votes instead of through one or more
representatives or delegates; as, direct nomination, direct

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Demonstration \Dem`on*stra"tion\, n. [L. demonstratio: cf. F.
1. The act of demonstrating; an exhibition; proof;
especially, proof beyond the possibility of doubt;
indubitable evidence, to the senses or reason.

Those intervening ideas which serve to show the
agreement of any two others are called ``proofs;''
and where agreement or disagreement is by this means
plainly and clearly perceived, it is called
demonstration. --Locke.

2. An expression, as of the feelings, by outward signs; a
manifestation; a show.

Did your letters pierce the queen to any
demonstration of grief? --Shak.

Loyal demonstrations toward the prince. --Prescott.

3. (Anat.) The exhibition and explanation of a dissection or
other anatomical preparation.

4. (Mil.) a decisive exhibition of force, or a movement
indicating an attack.

5. (Logic) The act of proving by the syllogistic process, or
the proof itself.

6. (Math.) A course of reasoning showing that a certain
result is a necessary consequence of assumed premises; --
these premises being definitions, axioms, and previously
established propositions.

{Direct}, or {Positive}, {demonstration} (Logic & Math.), one
in which the correct conclusion is the immediate sequence
of reasoning from axiomatic or established premises; --
opposed to

{Indirect}, or {Negative}, {demonstration} (called also
{reductio ad absurdum}), in which the correct conclusion
is an inference from the demonstration that any other
hypothesis must be incorrect.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Tax \Tax\, n. [F. taxe, fr. taxer to tax, L. taxare to touch,
sharply, to feel, handle, to censure, value, estimate, fr.
tangere, tactum, to touch. See {Tangent}, and cf. {Task},
1. A charge, especially a pecuniary burden which is imposed
by authority. Specifically:
(a) A charge or burden laid upon persons or property for
the support of a government.

A farmer of taxes is, of all creditors,
proverbially the most rapacious. --Macaulay.
(b) Especially, the sum laid upon specific things, as upon
polls, lands, houses, income, etc.; as, a land tax; a
window tax; a tax on carriages, and the like.

Note: Taxes are {annual} or {perpetual}, {direct} or
{indirect}, etc.
(c) A sum imposed or levied upon the members of a society
to defray its expenses.

2. A task exacted from one who is under control; a
contribution or service, the rendering of which is imposed
upon a subject.

3. A disagreeable or burdensome duty or charge; as, a heavy
tax on time or health.

4. Charge; censure. [Obs.] --Clarendon.

5. A lesson to be learned; a task. [Obs.] --Johnson.

{Tax cart}, a spring cart subject to a low tax. [Eng.]

Syn: Impost; tribute; contribution; duty; toll; rate;
assessment; exaction; custom; demand.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Direct \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. --Shak.

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.

{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, is merely formal,
since there is no direct evidence that is not
circumstantial, or dependent on circumstances for its
credibility. --Wharton.

{Direct examination} (Law), the first examination of a
witness in the orderly course, upon the merits. --Abbott.

{Direct fire} (Mil.), fire, the direction of which is
perpendicular to the line of troops or to the parapet
aimed at.

{Direct process} (Metal.), one which yields metal in working
condition by a single process from the ore. --Knight.

{Direct tax}, a tax assessed directly on lands, etc., and
polls, distinguished from taxes on merchandise, or
customs, and from excise.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Direct \Di*rect"\, v. i.
To give direction; to point out a course; to act as guide.

Wisdom is profitable to direct. --Eccl. x. 10.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Direct \Di*rect"\, n. (Mus.)
A character, thus [?], placed at the end of a staff on the
line or space of the first note of the next staff, to apprise
the performer of its situation. --Moore (Encyc. of Music).

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Direct \Di*rect"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Directed}; p. pr. & vb.
n. {Directing}.]
1. To arrange in a direct or straight line, as against a
mark, or towards a goal; to point; to aim; as, to direct
an arrow or a piece of ordnance.

2. To point out or show to (any one), as the direct or right
course or way; to guide, as by pointing out the way; as,
he directed me to the left-hand road.

The Lord direct your into the love of God. --2
Thess. iii. 5.

The next points to which I will direct your
attention. --Lubbock.

3. To determine the direction or course of; to cause to go on
in a particular manner; to order in the way to a certain
end; to regulate; to govern; as, to direct the affairs of
a nation or the movements of an army.

I will direct their work in truth. --Is. lxi. 8.

4. To point out to with authority; to instruct as a superior;
to order; as, he directed them to go.

I 'll first direct my men what they shall do.

5. To put a direction or address upon; to mark with the name
and residence of the person to whom anything is sent; to
superscribe; as, to direct a letter.

Syn: To guide; lead; conduct; dispose; manage; regulate;
order; instruct; command.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: direct in spatial dimensions; proceeding without deviation
or interruption; straight and short; "a direct route";
"a direct flight"; "a direct hit" [ant: {indirect}]
2: immediate or direct in bearing or force; having nothing
intervening; "in direct sunlight"; "in direct contact with
the voters"; "direct exposure to the disease"; "a direct
link"; "the direct cause of the accident"
3: extended senses; direct in means or manner or behavior or
language or action; "a direct question"; "a direct
response"; "a direct approach" [ant: {indirect}]
4: in a straight unbroken line of descent from parent to child;
"lineal ancestors"; "lineal heirs"; "a direct descendant
of the king"; "direct heredity" [syn: {lineal}] [ant: {collateral}]
5: (astronomy) moving from west to east on the celestial
sphere; or--for planets--around the sun in the same
direction as the Earth [ant: {retrograde}]
6: (mathematics) varying in the same manner as another
quantity; "a term is in direct proportion to another term
if it increases (or decreases) as the other increases (or
decreases)" [ant: {inverse}]
7: (electricity) of a current flowing in one direction only;
not alternating; "direct current" [ant: {alternating}]
8: as an immediate result or consequence; "a direct result of
the accident"
9: in precisely the same words used by a writer or speaker; "a
direct quotation"; "repeated their dialog verbatim" [syn:
10: effected directly by action of the voters rather than
through elected representatives; "many people favor
direct election of the President rather than election by
the Electoral College"
11: exact; "the direct opposite"
adv : without deviation; "the path leads directly to the lake";
"went direct to the office" [syn: {directly}, {straight}]
v 1: command with authority; "He directed the children to do
their homework"
2: intend (something) to move towards a certain goal; "He aimed
his fists towards his opponent's face"; "criticism
directed at her superior"; "direct your anger towards
others, not towards yourself" [syn: {target}, {aim}, {place},
3: guide the actors in (plays and films)
4: be in charge of
5: take somebody somewhere; "We lead him to our chief"; "can
you take me to the main entrance?"; "He conducted us to
the palace" [syn: {lead}, {take}, {conduct}, {guide}]
6: cause to go somewhere; "The explosion sent the car flying in
the air"; "She sent her children to camp"; "He directed
all his energies into his dissertation" [syn: {send}]
7: aim or direct at; as of blows, weapons, or objects such as
photographic equipment; "Please don't aim at your little
brother!" "He trained his gun on the burglar"; "Don't
train your camera on the women"; "Take a swipe at one's
opponent" [syn: {aim}, {take}, {train}, {take aim}]
8: lead, as in the performance of a musical composition;
"conduct an orchestra; Bairenboim conducted the Chicago
symphony for years" [syn: {conduct}, {lead}]
9: give directions to; point somebody into a certain direction;
"I directed them towards the town hall"
10: specifically design a product, event, or activity for a
certain public [syn: {calculate}, {aim}]
11: direct the course; determine the direction of travelling
[syn: {steer}, {maneuver}, {manoeuvre}, {point}, {head},
12: put an address on (an envelope, for example) [syn: {address}]
13: plan and direct (a complex undertaking); "he masterminded
the robbery" [syn: {mastermind}, {engineer}, {organize},
{organise}, {orchestrate}]

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