- ( UK ) IPA: /nɔː( ɹ )θ/, X-SAMPA: /nO:( r )T/
- Rhymes: -ɔː( ɹ )θ
- ( US ) IPA: /noːɻθ/, X-SAMPA: /no:r\`T/
- ( NY ) IPA: /nɔəθ/, X-SAMPA: /nO@T/
- One of the four major compass points, specifically 0°, directed toward the North Pole, and conventionally upwards on a map .
- The up or positive direction .
- Above or higher
- ( physics ) The positive or north pole of a magnet, which seeks the magnetic pole near Earth's geographic North Pole ( which, for its magnetic properties, is a south pole ) .
- Of or pertaining to the north; northern .
- Toward the north; northward.
- ( meteorology ) Of wind, from the north .
- Pertaining to the part of a corridor used by northbound traffic .
- Rt Hon, Thorn, thorn
Middle English, from Old English norþ, cognate with various Germanic counterparts such as Dutch noord( en ), all from a Proto-Germanic *nurþan, and cognate with Greek νέρτερος ( nerteros, “infernal, lower” ) possibly all ultimately from a Proto-Indo-European *ner- ( “left, below” ), as north is to the left when one faces the rising sun .
Explanation of north by Wordnet Dictionary
- North ( nôrth ), n. [AS. norð; akin to D. noord, G., Sw., & Dan. nord, Icel. norðr. Cf. Norman, Norse.]
1. That one of the four cardinal points of the compass, at any place, which lies in the direction of the true meridian, and to the left hand of a person facing the east; the direction opposite to the south.
2. Any country or region situated farther to the north than another; the northern section of a country.
3. Specifically: That part of the United States lying north of Mason and Dixon's line. See under Line.
- North, a. Lying toward the north; situated at the north, or in a northern direction from the point of observation or reckoning; proceeding toward the north, or coming from the north.
North following. See Following, a., 2. -- North pole, that point in the heavens, or on the earth, ninety degrees from the equator toward the north. -- North preceding. See Following, a., 2. -- North star, the star toward which the north pole of the earth very nearly points, and which accordingly seems fixed and immovable in the sky. The star α ( alpha ) of the Little Bear, is our present north star, being distant from the pole about 1° 25´, and from year to year approaching slowly nearer to it. It is called also Cynosura, polestar, and by astronomers, Polaris.
- North, v. i. To turn or move toward the north; to veer from the east or west toward the north.
- North, adv. Northward.
Definition of north by GCIDE Dictionary