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[nawr-thing, -th ing]
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noun Navigation.
  1. northward movement or deviation.
  2. distance due north made on any course tending northward.
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Origin of northing

First recorded in 1660–70; north + -ing1
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Examples from the Web for northing

Historical Examples

  • We walked forward, northing our course, along the headlands.

    Ravensdene Court

    J. S. (Joseph Smith) Fletcher

  • In their first eight days they made but eight miles' northing.

  • In fact, they have lost three miles of the three hundred of northing they had so laboriously made.

  • On the 9th, the river fell off again to the westward, and we lost a good deal of the northing we had made the day before.

  • In navigation, implies the distance made good towards the south: the opposite of northing.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

British Dictionary definitions for northing


  1. nautical movement or distance covered in a northerly direction, esp as expressed in the resulting difference in latitude
  2. astronomy a north or positive declination
  3. cartography
    1. the distance northwards of a point from a given parallel indicated by the second half of a map grid reference
    2. a latitudinal grid lineCompare easting (def. 2)
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