Pronunciation: (di-rek'tu-rē, -trē, dī-), [key]
—n., pl. -ries,
1. a book containing an alphabetical index of the names and addresses of persons in a city, district, organization, etc., or of a particular category of people.
2. a board or tablet on a wall of a building listing the room and floor numbers of the occupants.
3. a book of directions.
a. a list of files contained in external storage.
b. a description of characteristics of a particular file, as the layout of fields within each record.
5. the Directory, Fr. Hist.the body of five directors forming the executive power of France from 1795 to 1799.
serving to direct; directing; directive.
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