- a cardinal point of the compass, lying in the plane of the meridian and to the left of a person facing the rising sun. Abbreviation: N
- the direction in which this point lies.
- (usually initial capital letter) a region or territory situated in this direction.
- the North, the northern area of the United States, especially the states that fought to preserve the Union in the Civil War, lying to the north of the Ohio River, and usually including Missouri and Maryland.
- (initial capital letter) North Country.
- the north wind.
- in, toward, or facing, the north: the north gate.
- directed or proceeding toward the north: a north course.
- coming from the north: a north wind.
- (usually initial capital letter) designating the northern part of a region, nation, country, etc.: North Atlantic.
- to, toward, or in the north: sailing north.
Origin of north
- Christopher, pen name of John Wilson.
- Frederick, 2nd Earl of Guil·ford [gil-ferd] /ˈgɪl fərd/Lord North, 1732–92, British statesman: prime minister 1770–82.
- Sir Thomas,1535?–1601?, English translator.
Related Wordsnorthward, northern, arctic, northerly, tundra, cold, hyperborean, frozen, polar, boreal, northbound, northmost
Examples from the Web for north
According to Pew, 14 of the 20 countries in the Middle East and North Africa have blasphemy laws.In Defense of Blasphemy
January 9, 2015
They took cover inside a print works to the north east of Paris, where they held a member of staff as a hostage.France Kills Charlie Hebdo Murderers
January 9, 2015
Current and former intelligence officials have said North Korea has long been a priority target for American spies.
The new information consisted of Internet protocol addresses that Comey said are “exclusively used” by North Korea.
He prepared operations south of Samarra and north of Baghdad.What an Iranian Funeral Tells Us About the Wars in Iraq
January 6, 2015
I can give you sixty seconds to find that I'm the North Star.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
To the North, South, and East nothing but spinifex sand-hills in sight.
Ascended the Frere Ranges and got a fine view to the north and east.
He found the district to the north to be a dreary waste, destitute of food and water.
A party of fugitives were to meet her in a wood, that she might conduct them North.Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
- one of the four cardinal points of the compass, at 0° or 360°, that is 90° from east and west and 180° from south
- the direction along a meridian towards the North Pole
- the direction in which a compass needle points; magnetic north
- the North (often capital) any area lying in or towards the northRelated adjectives: arctic, boreal
- cards (usually capital) the player or position at the table corresponding to north on the compass
- situated in, moving towards, or facing the north
- (esp of the wind) from the north
- in, to, or towards the north
- archaic (of the wind) from the north
- the northern area of England, generally regarded as reaching approximately the southern boundaries of Yorkshire and Lancashire
- (in the US) the area approximately north of Maryland and the Ohio River, esp those states north of the Mason-Dixon Line that were known as the Free States during the Civil War
- the northern part of North America, esp the area consisting of Alaska, the Yukon, the Northwest Territories, and Nunavut; the North Country
- the countries of the world that are economically and technically advanced
- poetic the north wind
- of or denoting the northern part of a specified country, area, etc
- (as part of a name)North Africa
- Frederick, 2nd Earl of Guildford, called Lord North. 1732–92, British statesman; prime minister (1770–82), dominated by George III. He was held responsible for the loss of the American colonies
- Sir Thomas. ?1535–?1601, English translator of Plutarch's Lives (1579), which was the chief source of Shakespeare's Roman plays
Word Origin and History for north
Old English norð "northern" (adj.), "northwards" (adv.), from Proto-Germanic *nurtha- (cf. Old Norse norðr, Old Saxon north, Old Frisian north, Middle Dutch nort, Dutch noord, German nord), possibly ultimately from PIE *ner- "left," also "below," as north is to the left when one faces the rising sun (cf. Sanskrit narakah "hell," Greek enerthen "from beneath," Oscan-Umbrian nertrak "left"). The same notion underlies Old Irish tuath "left; northern;" Arabic shamal "left hand; north." The usual word for "north" in the Romance languages ultimately is from English, cf. Old French north (Modern French nord), borrowed from Old English norð; Italian, Spanish norte are borrowed from French.
As a noun, c.1200, from the adverb. North Pole attested from mid-15c. (earlier the Arctic pole, late 14c.). North American (n.) first used 1766, by Franklin; as an adjective, from 1770.