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Meaning of south by Wiktionary Dictionary



    Old English sūþ


    • IPA: /saʊθ/, X-SAMPA: /saUT/
    • Rhymes: -aʊθ


    south ( uncountable )

    1. One of the four major compass points, specifically 180°, directed toward the South Pole, and conventionally downwards on a map .

    Coordinate terms



    1. Toward the south; southward .
    2. ( meteorology ) Of wind, from the south .
    3. Of or pertaining to the south; southern .
    4. Pertaining to the part of a corridor used by southbound traffic .
      south highway 1


    south ( not comparable )

    1. Toward the south; southward .
    2. Downward .
    3. In an adverse direction or trend .
    4. ( meteorology ) Of wind, from the south .


Explanation of south by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. in a southern direction

    2. we moved south
    1. situated in or facing or moving toward or coming from the south

    2. the south entrance
    1. a location in the southern part of a country, region, or city

    2. the southern states that seceded from the United States in 1861

    3. the region of the United States lying to the south of the Mason-Dixon line

    4. the cardinal compass point that is at 180 degrees

    5. the direction corresponding to the southward cardinal compass point

    Definition of south by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. South ( ?; by sailors sou ), n. [OE. south, suþ, AS. sūð for sunð; akin to D. zuid, OHG. sund, G. süd, süden, Icel. suðr, sunnr, Dan. syd, sönden, Sw. syd, söder, sunnan; all probably akin to E. sun, meaning, the side towards the sun. √297. See Sun.]
      1. That one of the four cardinal points directly opposite to the north; the region or direction to the right or direction to the right of a person who faces the east.

      2. A country, region, or place situated farther to the south than another; the southern section of a country. “The queen of the south.” Matt. xii. 42.

      3. Specifically: That part of the United States which is south of Mason and Dixon's line. See under Line.

      4. The wind from the south. [Obs.] Shak.

    2. South, a. Lying toward the south; situated at the south, or in a southern direction from the point of observation or reckoning; proceeding toward the south, or coming from the south; blowing from the south; southern; as, “the south pole”. “At the south entry.” Shak.

      South-Sea tea ( Bot. ) See Yaupon.

    3. South, adv.
      1. Toward the south; southward.

      2. From the south; as, “the wind blows south”. Bacon.

    4. South v. i. [imp. & p. p. Southed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Southing.]
      1. To turn or move toward the south; to veer toward the south.

      2. ( Astron. ) To come to the meridian; to cross the north and south line; -- said chiefly of the moon; as, “the moon souths at nine”.