1. a person or thing that directs.
  2. one of a group of persons chosen to control or govern the affairs of a company or corporation: a board of directors.
  3. the person responsible for the interpretive aspects of a stage, film, or television production; the person who supervises the integration of all the elements, as acting, staging, and lighting, required to realize the writer’s conception.Compare producer(def 3).
  4. the musical conductor of an orchestra, chorus, etc.
  5. the manager or chief executive of certain schools, institutes, government bureaus, etc.
  6. Military. a mechanical or electronic device that continuously calculates firing data for use against an airplane or other moving target.


  1. a person or thing that directs, controls, or regulates
  2. a member of the governing board of a business concern who may or may not have an executive function
  3. a person who directs the affairs of an institution, trust, educational programme, etc
  4. the person responsible for the artistic and technical aspects of making a film or television programmeCompare producer (def. 4)
  5. music another word (esp US) for conductor (def. 2)

late 15c., “a guide,” from Anglo-French directour, French directeur, agent noun from Latin dirigere (see direct (v.)). Corporate sense is from 1630s; theatrical sense from 1911.


  1. A smoothly grooved instrument used with a knife to limit the incision of tissues.staff

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