cardinal points

plural noun

the four chief directions of the compass; the north, south, east, and west points.

Origin of cardinal points

First recorded in 1540–50 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for cardinal point

cardinal points

pl n

the four main points of the compass: north, south, east, and west
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Medicine definitions for cardinal point

cardinal point


One of four points in the pelvic inlet toward which the occiput of the fetus is usually directed in cases of head presentation.
Any of six reference points in the eye: the anterior focal point, posterior focal point, two principal points, and two nodal points.
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Science definitions for cardinal point

cardinal point

One of the four principal directions on a compass (north, south, east, or west).
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