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I am a directional word with one vowel missing.

I am made up of three consecutive and separate words, each with multiple meanings.

What word am I?

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    $\begingroup$ Multiple meanings isn't that restrictive of a clue in English. For example, in "a directional word with one vowel missing", every word except "vowel" has more than one meaning :) $\endgroup$ – jafe Sep 9 '18 at 11:09
  • $\begingroup$ not sure what you are saying. please explain $\endgroup$ – DEEM Sep 9 '18 at 11:27
  • $\begingroup$ Here is to better understand what @jafe means: consider the word "flow". That is a directional word; it can measure the moving along of liquids (e.g. overflow) or traffic (figure of speech, really) or even hair, etc. i.e., multiple meanings. Now this word doesn't solve the puzzle (I only thought of it because the word "vowel" has "ow" and I thought of the word "flow", if you are curious), but it is an example to illustrate jafe's point. $\endgroup$ – Mr Pie Sep 9 '18 at 11:40
  • $\begingroup$ See @Tom's answer. It kind of explains it. It is not my answer though $\endgroup$ – DEEM Sep 9 '18 at 11:47
  • $\begingroup$ @DEEM What I mean is that almost all common words have multiple meanings. "A" can be the letter or an article. "Directional" can be something related to a direction or something giving directions/guidance. "With" can mean "against" (a battle with the Germans) or "using" (a battle with cavalry) etc. $\endgroup$ – jafe Sep 9 '18 at 14:06
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Second try after first was overturned:

counterclockwise

with explanations:

It gives a rotational direction and has no letter a
counter ~ go against/adding bead, clock ~ hit/timepiece, wise ~ direction/has wisdom


upsidedown

With explanations:

It tells of a direction, has no a, up ~ above/awake, side ~ edge/team and down ~ below/feathers.

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  • $\begingroup$ Great. ONE MORE @Tom $\endgroup$ – DEEM Sep 9 '18 at 11:44
  • $\begingroup$ Also is Upsidedown a single word? It is usually shown as Upside down?? $\endgroup$ – DEEM Sep 9 '18 at 11:46
  • $\begingroup$ @DEEM - oh, this answer is usually two words - I will think again :P $\endgroup$ – Tom Sep 9 '18 at 11:50

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