directory

adjective
di·​rec·​to·​ry | \ də-ˈrek-t(ə-)rē, dī-\

Definition of directory

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: serving to direct specifically : providing advisory but not compulsory guidance

directory

noun
plural directories

Definition of directory (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a book or collection of directions, rules, or ordinances
b : an alphabetical or classified list (as of names and addresses)
2 : a body of directors

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The tipster offered no names, but The Times used old city directories, held by the New York Public Library, and interviews with Queens podiatrists to identify Larry Braunstein. Steve Eder, The Seattle Times, "Did a Queens podiatrist help Donald Trump avoid Vietnam?," 26 Dec. 2018 The vehicles’ license plates aren’t listed in public directories. Joe Parkinson, WSJ, "Never Take Their Photos: Tracking the Commandos, North Korea’s Secret Export," 9 Dec. 2018 For more on the incredible experiences these specialists can deliver, and for their contact info, visit our travel specialists directory. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "2018 Top Travel Specialists We Trust," 19 Oct. 2018 The router also comes with a six-month unlimited subscription to Amazon Cloud Drive Backup and will automatically back up specified directories of hard drives connected to either of its USB 3.0 ports to the Amazon’s service. Michael Brown, PCWorld, "Netgear’s XR700 Nighthawk Pro Gaming Router features 10-gigabit ethernet," 30 Aug. 2018 And yet, this is not what happened: many of the preview builds had a bug wherein deleting a directory that was synced to OneDrive crashed the machine. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Microsoft’s problem isn’t how often it updates Windows—it’s how it develops it," 20 Oct. 2018 The server logs are sent to dev/null, a nonexistent directory on Linux machines. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "Mullvad 2018 review: A fantastic VPN has a great new look," 17 Oct. 2018 More interesting to me is the test described here in which college students will be invited to fill out a more complete Instagram profile, including their school, which will then be added to a directory that anyone else in that school can browse. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook’s head of public policy is supporting the Kavanaugh nomination, and some employees are livid," 5 Oct. 2018 Users who have added the same university can then scroll through a directory that lists all participating students (sorted through their class year) in order to follow and direct message one another. Kim Quindlen, Teen Vogue, "Instagram Introduces “Nametag” Feature," 5 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of directory

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1543, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for directory

Noun

Middle English directorie guide, from Medieval Latin directorium, from neuter of Late Latin directorius directorial, from Latin dirigere

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directory

noun

English Language Learners Definition of directory

: a book that contains an alphabetical list of names of people, businesses, etc.

directory

noun
di·​rec·​to·​ry | \ də-ˈrek-tə-rē, dī-\
plural directories

Kids Definition of directory

: a book containing an alphabetical list of names, addresses, and telephone numbers

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