Hypertext Webster Gateway: "director"

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

Director \Di*rect"or\, n. [Cf. F. directeur.]
1. One who, or that which, directs; one who regulates,
guides, or orders; a manager or superintendent.

In all affairs thou sole director. --Swift.

2. One of a body of persons appointed to manage the affairs
of a company or corporation; as, the directors of a bank,
insurance company, or railroad company.

What made directors cheat in South-Sea year? --Pope.

3. (Mech.) A part of a machine or instrument which directs
its motion or action.

4. (Surg.) A slender grooved instrument upon which a knife is
made to slide when it is wished to limit the extent of
motion of the latter, or prevent its injuring the parts

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: someone who controls resources and expenditures [syn: {manager},
{managing director}]
2: member of a board of directors
3: someone who supervises the actors and directs the action in
the production of a show [syn: {theater director}, {theatre
4: the person who leads a musical group [syn: {conductor}, {music

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