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Directly definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

DIRECTLY, adv.
1. In a straight lin or course; rectilineally; not in a winding course. Aim directly to the object. Gravity tends directly to the center of the earth.
2. Immediately; soon; without delay; as, he will be with us directly.
3. Openly; expressly, without circumlocution or ambiguity, or without a train or inferences.
No man hath been so impious, as directly to condemn prayer.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

adv
1: without deviation; "the path leads directly to the lake"; "went direct to the office" [syn: directly, straight, direct]
2: without anyone or anything intervening; "these two factors are directly related"; "he was directly responsible"; "measured the physical properties directly"
3: without delay or hesitation; with no time intervening; "he answered immediately"; "found an answer straightaway"; "an official accused of dishonesty should be suspended forthwith"; "Come here now!" [syn: immediately, instantly, straightaway, straight off, directly, now, right away, at once, forthwith, like a shot]
4: in a forthright manner; candidly or frankly; "he didn't answer directly"; "told me straight out"; "came out flat for less work and more pay" [syn: directly, flat, straight] [ant: indirectly]

Merriam Webster's

I. adverb Date: 15th century 1. a. in a direct manner <directly relevant> <the road runs directly east and west> b. in immediate physical contact c. in the manner of direct variation 2. a. without delay ; immediately <the second game followed directly after the first> b. in a little while ; shortly <we'll be leaving directly> II. conjunction Date: 1795 chiefly British immediately after ; as soon as <directly I received it I rang up the shipping company F. W. Crofts>

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adv. & conj. --adv. 1 a at once; without delay. b presently, shortly. 2 exactly, immediately (directly opposite; directly after lunch). 3 in a direct manner. --conj. colloq. as soon as (will tell you directly they come).

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Directly Di*rect"ly, adv. 1. In a direct manner; in a straight line or course. ``To run directly on.'' --Shak. Indirectly and directly too Thou hast contrived against the very life Of the defendant. --Shak. 2. In a straightforward way; without anything intervening; not by secondary, but by direct, means. 3. Without circumlocution or ambiguity; absolutely; in express terms. No man hath hitherto been so impious as plainly and directly to condemn prayer. --Hooker. 4. Exactly; just. Stand you directly in Antonius' way. --Shak. 5. Straightforwardly; honestly. I have dealt most directly in thy affair. --Shak. 6. Manifestly; openly. [Obs.] Desdemona is directly in love with him. --Shak. 7. Straightway; next in order; without delay; immediately. ``Will she go now to bed?' ?Directly.''' --Shak. 8. Immediately after; as soon as. Directly he stopped, the coffin was removed. --Dickens. Note: This use of the word is common in England, especially in colloquial speech, but it can hardly be regarded as a well-sanctioned or desirable use. Directly proportional (Math.), proportional in the order of the terms; increasing or decreasing together, and with a constant ratio; -- opposed to inversely proportional. Syn: Immediately; forthwith; straightway; instantly; instantaneously; soon; promptly; openly; expressly. Usage: -- Directly, Immediately, Instantly, Instantaneously. Directly denotes, without any delay or diversion of attention; immediately implies, without any interposition of other occupation; instantly implies, without any intervention of time. Hence, ``I will do it directly,'' means, ``I will go straightway about it.'' ``I will do it immediately,'' means, ``I will do it as the very next thing.'' ``I will do it instantly,'' allows not a particle of delay. Instantaneously, like instantly, marks an interval too small to be appreciable, but commonly relates to physical causes; as, the powder touched by fire instantaneously exploded.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

1. If something is directly above, below, or in front of something, it is in exactly that position. The naked bulb was directly over his head... = right ADV: ADV prep/adv 2. If you do one action directly after another, you do the second action as soon as the first one is finished. Directly after the meeting, a senior cabinet minister spoke to the BBC... = immediately ADV: ADV prep/adv 3. If something happens directly, it happens without any delay. (BRIT OLD-FASHIONED) He will be there directly. ADV: ADV after v 4. see also direct

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

ad. 1. In a straight line, in a straight course. 2. Expressly, absolutely, unambiguously, openly, without circumlocution. 3. Immediately, quickly, promptly, speedily, soon, presently, forthwith, instantly, instanter, in a short time, without delay.

Moby Thesaurus

PDQ, absolutely, after a while, all joking aside, anon, apace, at once, before long, betimes, bluffly, bluntly, broadly, brusquely, by and by, candidly, completely, dead, dead ahead, decisively, definitely, direct, down the alley, due, due north, entirely, ere long, even, exactly, expeditiously, expressly, faithfully, forthright, forthwith, frankly, genuinely, immediately, in a beeline, in a moment, in a while, in all conscience, in all respects, in all seriousness, in due course, in due time, in every respect, in line with, in no time, in plain English, in plain words, instanter, instantly, ipsissimis verbis, just, literally, literatim, momentarily, naturally, on the beam, on the instant, on the spot, on the straight, openheartedly, openly, outspokenly, plain-spokenly, plainly, plumb, point-blank, positively, precisely, presently, pretty damned quick, promptly, pronto, quickly, right, right away, right off, rigidly, rigorously, roundly, shortly, sincerely, smartly, soon, speedily, square, squarely, straight, straight across, straight ahead, straightaway, straightforward, straightforwardly, straightforwards, straightly, straightway, strictly, subito, summarily, swiftly, to the letter, unaffectedly, unassumingly, unconstrainedly, undeviatingly, unerringly, unpretentiously, unreservedly, unrestrainedly, unswervingly, unveeringly, verbally, verbatim, verbatim et litteratim, when, with all speed, with no nonsense, without delay, without further delay, word by word, word for word



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