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Meaning of north by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • ( 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/


    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 .


    north ( uncountable )

    1. One of the four major compass points, specifically 0°, directed toward the North Pole, and conventionally upwards on a map .
      Minnesota is in the north of the USA .
    2. The up or positive direction .
      Stock prices are heading north .
    3. Above or higher
      The price you're offering had better be north of the highest price this company has ever traded for. - Tom Aldredge in the movie Barbarians at the Gate
    4. ( 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 ) .

    Related terms

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    Coordinate terms


    north ( not comparable )

    1. Of or pertaining to the north; northern .
      He lived in north Germany .
      She entered through the north gate .
    2. Toward the north; northward.
    3. ( meteorology ) Of wind, from the north .
      The north wind was cold .
    4. Pertaining to the part of a corridor used by northbound traffic .
      north highway 1




    north ( not comparable )

    1. Toward the north; northward .
      Switzerland is north of Italy .
      We headed north .



Explanation of north by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. in a northern direction

    2. they earn more up north
      Let's go north!
    1. situated in or facing or moving toward or coming from the north

    2. artists like north light
      the north portico
    1. a location in the northern part of a country, region, or city

    2. the United States ( especially the northern states during the American Civil War )

    3. the North's superior resources turned the scale
    4. the region of the United States lying to the north of the Mason-Dixon line

    5. British statesman under George III whose policies led to rebellion in the American colonies ( 1732-1792 )

    6. the cardinal compass point that is at 0 or 360 degrees

    7. the direction in which a compass needle points

    8. the direction corresponding to the northward cardinal compass point

    Definition of north by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. 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.

    2. 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.

    3. North, v. i. To turn or move toward the north; to veer from the east or west toward the north.

    4. North, adv. Northward.