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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A book containing an alphabetical or classified listing of names, addresses, and other data, such as telephone numbers, of specific persons, groups, or firms.
  • n. Computer Science A listing of the files contained in a storage device, such as a magnetic disk.
  • n. Computer Science A description of the various characteristics of a file, such as the layout of the fields in it.
  • n. A book of rules or directions.
  • n. A group or body of directors.
  • adj. Serving to direct.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A list of names, addresses etc., of specific classes of people or organizations, often in alphabetical order or in some classification.
  • n. A structured listing of the names and characteristics of the files on a storage device.
  • n. A virtual container in a computer's file system, in which files and other directories may be stored. The files and subdirectories in a directory are usually related.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Containing directions; enjoining; instructing; directorial.
  • n. A collection or body of directions, rules, or ordinances; esp., a book of directions for the conduct of worship.
  • n. A book containing the names and residences of the inhabitants of any place, or of classes of them; an address book.
  • n. A body of directors; board of management; especially, a committee which held executive power in France under the first republic.
  • n. Direction; guide.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Guiding or directing; directive.
  • n. A guide; a rule to direct; particularly (ecclesiastical), a book of directions for saying the various church offices and for finding the changes in them required by the calendar; especially, in medieval English usage, a book of directions for saying the hours. Also called ordinal, pica, or pie. The directory of the Greek Church is called the typicum.
  • n. Specifically A book containing an alphabetical list of the inhabitants of a city, town, district, or the like, with their occupation, place of business, and abode.
  • n. A board of directors; a directorate. Specifically
  • n. [capitalized] The body constituting the executive in France during a part of the revolutionary epoch, consisting of five members called directors, one of whom retired each year.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an alphabetical list of names and addresses
  • n. (computer science) a listing of the files stored in memory (usually on a hard disk)

Etymologies

From Middle English directorie, from Medieval Latin directorium. (Wiktionary)

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