Di*rect"o*ry (?), a. [L.
directorius.] Containing directions; enjoining;
Di*rect"o*ry, n.; pl.
Directories (&?;). 1. A
collection or body of directions, rules, or ordinances; esp., a book
of directions for the conduct of worship; as, the Directory
used by the nonconformists instead of the Prayer Book.
2. A book containing the names and residences
of the inhabitants of any place, or of classes of them; an address
book; as, a business directory.
3. [Cf. F. directoire.] A body of
directors; board of management; especially, a committee which held
executive power in France under the first republic.
4. Direction; guide. [R.]