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Definition of Direct examination
Direct examinationDirect Di*rect", a. [L. directus, p. p. of dirigere to direct:
cf. F. direct. See Dress, and cf. Dirge.]
1. Straight; not crooked, oblique, or circuitous; leading by
the short or shortest way to a point or end; as, a direct
line; direct means.
What is direct to, what slides by, the question.
2. Straightforward; not of crooked ways, or swerving from
truth and openness; sincere; outspoken.
Be even and direct with me. --Shak.
3. Immediate; express; plain; unambiguous.
He nowhere, that I know, says it in direct words.
A direct and avowed interference with elections.
4. In the line of descent; not collateral; as, a descendant
in the direct line.
5. (Astron.) In the direction of the general planetary
motion, or from west to east; in the order of the signs;
not retrograde; -- said of the motion of a celestial body.
Direct action. (Mach.) See Direct-acting.
Direct discourse (Gram.), the language of any one quoted
without change in its form; as, he said ``I can not
come;' -- correlative to indirect discourse, in which
there is change of form; as, he said that he could not
come. They are often called respectively by their Latin
names, oratio directa, and oratio obliqua.
Direct evidence (Law), evidence which is positive or not
inferential; -- opposed to circumstantial, or indirect,
evidence. -- This distinction, however, is merely formal,
since there is no direct evidence that is not
circumstantial, or dependent on circumstances for its
Direct examination (Law), the first examination of a
witness in the orderly course, upon the merits. --Abbott.
Direct fire (Mil.), fire, the direction of which is
perpendicular to the line of troops or to the parapet
Direct process (Metal.), one which yields metal in working
condition by a single process from the ore. --Knight.
Direct tax, a tax assessed directly on lands, etc., and
polls, distinguished from taxes on merchandise, or
customs, and from excise. Direct examinationExamination Ex*am`i*na"tion, n. [L. examinatio: cf. F.
1. The act of examining, or state of being examined; a
careful search, investigation, or inquiry; scrutiny by
study or experiment.
2. A process prescribed or assigned for testing
qualification; as, the examination of a student, or of a
candidate for admission to the bar or the ministry.
He neglected the studies, . . . stood low at the
Examination in chief, or Direct examination (Law), that
examination which is made of a witness by a party calling
Cross-examination, that made by the opposite party.
Re["e]xamination, or Re-direct examination, that made by
a party calling a witness, after, and upon matters arising
out of, the cross-examination.
Syn: Search; inquiry; investigation; research; scrutiny;
inquisition; inspection; exploration.
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