Definitions

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

  • noun One that supervises, controls, or manages.
  • noun A member of a group of persons chosen to control or govern the affairs of an institution or corporation.
  • noun A person who supervises the creative aspects of a dramatic production or film and instructs the actors and crew.
  • noun The conductor of an orchestra or chorus.
  • noun An electronic device that continually calculates and displays information used for firing weapons at moving targets, such as missiles or aircraft.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In geometry, a fixed guiding line.
  • noun The small printed or written letter inserted as a guide in the space to be afterward filled by the designer or illuminator of the large initial.
  • noun One who directs; one who guides, superintends, governs, or manages.
  • noun Specifically— One of a number of persons, appointed or elected under provision of law, having authority to manage and direct the affairs of a corporation or company. All the directors collectively constitute a board of directors. They are agents of the corporation, and not of the stockholders. Generally they are elected for one year.
  • noun In music, the leader or conductor of a company of vocal or instrumental performers: as, a choir director; an orchestral director.
  • noun Anything that directs or controls.
  • noun Specifically — In surgery, a grooved probe, intended to direct the edge of the knife or scissors in opening sinuses or fistulæ or making incisions generally, In electricity, a metallic instrument on a glass handle connected by a chain with the pole of a battery, and applied to the part of the body to which a shock is to be sent.

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

  • noun One who, or that which, directs; one who regulates, guides, or orders; a manager or superintendent.
  • noun One of a body of persons appointed to manage the affairs of a company or corporation.
  • noun (Mech.) A part of a machine or instrument which directs its motion or action.
  • noun (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 beneath.

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

  • noun One who directs; the person in charge of managing a department or directorate (e.g., director of engineering), project, or production (as in a show or film, e.g., film director).
  • noun A device that displays graphical information concerning the targets of a weapons system in real time.
  • noun chemistry The common axis of symmetry of the molecules of a liquid crystal.

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

  • noun the person who directs the making of a film
  • noun someone who supervises the actors and directs the action in the production of a show
  • noun member of a board of directors
  • noun the person who leads a musical group
  • noun someone who controls resources and expenditures

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

direct +‎ -or, influenced by Latin directorius

Examples

  • While the new co-owners assured Zola they have confidence in his abilities - and said they want to achieve Champions League football "within seven years" - they refused to confirm the futures of Gianluca Nani, the technical director, plus the chief executive Scott Duxbury, and the finance ­director, Nick Igoe.

    The Guardian World News

  • I started work with a visit to Norway, with director Daniel Evans (also the Sheffield Crucible's new artistic ­director), and designer, Ben Stone.

    Culture | guardian.co.uk

  • While the new co-owners assured Zola they have confidence in his abilities - and said they want to achieve Champions League football "within seven years" - they refused to confirm the futures of Gianluca Nani, the technical director, plus the chief executive Scott Duxbury, and the finance ­director, Nick Igoe.

    The Guardian World News

  • I started work with a visit to Norway, with director Daniel Evans (also the Sheffield Crucible's new artistic ­director), and designer, Ben Stone.

    Culture | guardian.co.uk

  • The council unanimously agreed to send Gage a letter warning him for his decision last month to create and give the title director of public safety to Police Chief Randall Aragon without the council's approval.

    The Daily News - News

  • The council unanimously agreed to send Gage a letter warning him for his decision last month to create and give the title director of public safety to Police Chief Randall Aragon without the council's approval.

    The Daily News - News

  • The council unanimously agreed to send Gage a letter warning him for his decision last month to create and give the title director of public safety to Police Chief Randall Aragon without the council's approval.

    The Daily News - News

  • The council unanimously agreed to send Gage a letter warning him for his decision last month to create and give the title director of public safety to Police Chief Randall Aragon without the council's approval.

    The Daily News - News

  • The council unanimously agreed to send Gage a letter warning him for his decision last month to create and give the title director of public safety to Police Chief Randall Aragon without the council's approval.

    The Daily News - News

  • The council unanimously agreed to send Gage a letter warning him for his decision last month to create and give the title director of public safety to Police Chief Randall Aragon without the council's approval.

    The Daily News - News

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