the four chief directions of the compass; the north, south, east, and west points.
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- cardinal grosbeak,
- cardinal ligament,
- cardinal number,
- cardinal numbers,
- cardinal point,
- cardinal sign,
- cardinal sin,
- cardinal spider,
- cardinal symptom,
- cardinal system
Origin of cardinal points
First recorded in 1540–50
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the four main points of the compass: north, south, east, and west
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