Meaning of directory


Pronunciation: (di-rek'tu-rē, -trē, dī-), [key]
— n., pl. adj. -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.
    1. a list of files contained in external storage.
    2. a description of characteristics of a particular file, as the layout of fields within each record.
  4. the body of five directors forming the executive power of France from 1795 to 1799.
  1. serving to direct; directing; directive.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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