Directly Di*rect"ly, adv. 1. In a direct manner; in a straight line or course. ``To run directly on.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Indirectly and directly too Thou hast contrived against the very life Of the defendant. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. In a straightforward way; without anything intervening; not by secondary, but by direct, means. [1913 Webster]

3. Without circumlocution or ambiguity; absolutely; in express terms. [1913 Webster]

No man hath hitherto been so impious as plainly and directly to condemn prayer. --Hooker. [1913 Webster]

4. Exactly; just. [1913 Webster]

Stand you directly in Antonius' way. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

5. Straightforwardly; honestly. [1913 Webster]

I have dealt most directly in thy affair. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

6. Manifestly; openly. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Desdemona is directly in love with him. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

7. Straightway; next in order; without delay; immediately. ``Will she go now to bed?' ?Directly.''' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

8. Immediately after; as soon as. [1913 Webster]

Directly he stopped, the coffin was removed. --Dickens. [1913 Webster]

Note: This use of the word is common in England, especially in colloquial speech, but it can hardly be regarded as a well-sanctioned or desirable use. [1913 Webster]

{Directly proportional} (Math.), proportional in the order of the terms; increasing or decreasing together, and with a constant ratio; -- opposed to {inversely proportional}.

Syn: Immediately; forthwith; straightway; instantly; instantaneously; soon; promptly; openly; expressly.

Usage: -- {Directly}, {Immediately}, {Instantly}, {Instantaneously}. Directly denotes, without any delay or diversion of attention; immediately implies, without any interposition of other occupation; instantly implies, without any intervention of time. Hence, ``I will do it directly,'' means, ``I will go straightway about it.'' ``I will do it immediately,'' means, ``I will do it as the very next thing.'' ``I will do it instantly,'' allows not a particle of delay. Instantaneously, like instantly, marks an interval too small to be appreciable, but commonly relates to physical causes; as, the powder touched by fire instantaneously exploded. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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