Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adverb In a direct line or manner; straight.
  • adverb Without anyone or anything intervening.
  • adverb Exactly or totally.
  • adverb At once; instantly.
  • adverb Candidly; frankly.
  • adverb Chiefly Southern US In a little while; shortly.
  • conjunction As soon as.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In a straight line or course, literally or figuratively; in the natural and primitive way: as, aim directly at the object; gravity tends directly to the center of the earth.
  • In a direct manner; without the intervention of any medium; immediately.
  • Straightway; without delay; immediately; at once; presently: as, he will be with us directly.
  • Clearly; unmistakably; expressly; without circumlocution or ambiguity.
  • Promptly, instantly, quickly.
  • Absolutely, unambiguously.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb In a direct manner; in a straight line or course.
  • adverb In a straightforward way; without anything intervening; not by secondary, but by direct, means.
  • adverb Without circumlocution or ambiguity; absolutely; in express terms.
  • adverb Exactly; just.
  • adverb Straightforwardly; honestly.
  • adverb obsolete Manifestly; openly.
  • adverb Straightway; next in order; without delay; immediately.
  • adverb Immediately after; as soon as.
  • adverb (Math.) proportional in the order of the terms; increasing or decreasing together, and with a constant ratio; -- opposed to inversely proportional.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adverb in a direct manner; in a straight line or course.
  • adverb in a straightforward way; without anything intervening; not by secondary, but by direct means.
  • adverb plainly, without circumlocution or ambiguity; absolutely; in express terms.
  • adverb exactly; just.
  • adverb straightforwardly; honestly.
  • adverb dated immediately
  • adverb Midland South soon; next; when it becomes convenient
  • conjunction As soon as.

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

  • adverb without deviation
  • adverb in a forthright manner; candidly or frankly
  • adverb without anyone or anything intervening
  • adverb without delay or hesitation; with no time intervening

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

direct +‎ -ly.

Examples

  • We do not know them directly, in some sense of ˜directly™, so we don't have intuitive, i.e., sense-derived knowledge of them.

    Kant's View of the Mind and Consciousness of Self

  • I disagree with the comparison - parents are not victims in the sense of being victims, but they are more directly comparable to your example of victim, inasmuch as their experience is as profoundly life-altering facing death firsthand, facing birth - *directly* comparable.

    Our Motherhood, Our Selves

  • Cayenne _kien'_ courtier _kortyer_ cuckoo _kookoo_ dilemma _dilem'ma_ directly not _directly_ dishevelled _dishev'ld_

    Practical Grammar and Composition

  • His experiments conclusively show that an idea is not only "associated" directly with the one that follows it, and with the rest _through that_, but that it is _directly_ associated with _all_ that are near it, though in unequal degrees.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 508, September 26, 1885

  • I have found you can charge the battery box with USB cable, but CANNOT charge the phone directly using USB cable, the charge the phone _directly_, you have to use the electricity plug. my USB cable cannot charge the external battery box .. it does not light up but, my original USB cable can charge my phone, to charge via usb cable

    www.hardwarezone.com.sg

  • I have found you can charge the battery box with USB cable, but CANNOT charge the phone directly using USB cable, the charge the phone _directly_, you have to use the electricity plug. my USB cable cannot charge the external battery box .. it does not light up but, my original USB cable can charge my phone, to charge via usb cable

    www.hardwarezone.com.sg

  • I have found you can charge the battery box with USB cable, but CANNOT charge the phone directly using USB cable, the charge the phone _directly_, you have to use the electricity plug. my USB cable cannot charge the external battery box .. it does not light up but, my original USB cable can charge my phone, to charge via usb cable

    www.hardwarezone.com.sg

  • It'd be all right if he married me directly -- _directly_, "she repeated, hurriedly.

    The Testing of Diana Mallory

  • [The name directly translates as "Cannon Gate Palace," and was named after a nearby gate that no longer exists.]

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  • The word directly translates as smell or sniff, but is more evocatively described as an exchange of ha, the breath of life.

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