a cardinal point of the compass lying directly opposite north. Abbreviation: S
the direction in which this point lies.
(usually initial capital letter) a region or territory situated in this direction.
the South, the general area south of Pennsylvania and the Ohio River and east of the Mississippi, consisting mainly of those states that formed the Confederacy.
lying toward or situated in the south; directed or proceeding toward the south.
coming from the south, as a wind.
to, toward, or in the south.
Informal. into a state of serious decline, loss, or the like: Sales went south during the recession.
to turn or move in a southerly direction.
Astronomy. to cross the meridian.
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How to use south in a sentence
The pace is slower here than on Maui’s developed west and south sides.
There’s also a lot of storminess to watch, including a storm rolling by to the south tonight.PM Update: Light snow mainly passes south of us tonight; cloudy and cold Friday | Ian Livingston | February 12, 2021 | Washington Post
However, conservative elites sidelined the president politically and reduced his role in the national independence to insurgency in the south.The problem of environmental racism in Mexico today is rooted in history | Jayson Porter | February 11, 2021 | Washington Post
Another round is possible Thursday night, especially south of the Beltway.Snow and wintry mix continue overnight, especially north of District | Jason Samenow, Wes Junker, Andrew Freedman | February 11, 2021 | Washington Post
Camacho was found in the Langley Park and Lewisdale area, about a half-mile south of University Boulevard.Md. man found fatally stabbed in Prince George’s County, police say | Martin Weil, Katie Mettler | February 8, 2021 | Washington Post
He prepared operations south of Samarra and north of Baghdad.What an Iranian Funeral Tells Us About the Wars in Iraq | IranWire | January 6, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
He was born in an apartment above the grocery store owned by his immigrant parents in south Jamaica, Queens.Mario Cuomo, a Frustrating Hero to Democrats, Is Dead at 82 | Eleanor Clift | January 2, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Still, for all of this, south Carolina is now represented in the U.S. Senate by Tim Scott, a Republican and an African-American.Steve Scalise Shows There’s a Fine Line Between Confederate & Southern | Lloyd Green | January 2, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
But south Koreans have a troubled history with American intervention in Korean markets.Propaganda, Protest, and Poisonous Vipers: The Cinema War in Korea | Rich Goldstein | December 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In response to the screen quota cut, south Korea established a “cinema tax” on the box office.Propaganda, Protest, and Poisonous Vipers: The Cinema War in Korea | Rich Goldstein | December 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Descending the Alps to the east or south into Piedmont, a new world lies around and before you.Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
Then with your victorious legions you can march south and help drive the Yankee invaders from the land.The Courier of the Ozarks | Byron A. Dunn
The Potato is planted very sparingly south of Piedmont, and not so commonly there as in Savoy.Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
If we can free this State of Yankees, we will accomplish more than your armies down south have.The Courier of the Ozarks | Byron A. Dunn
Between south and North, the probabilities of a serious, and no very distant rupture, are strong and manifest.
British Dictionary definitions for south (1 of 2)
one of the four cardinal points of the compass, at 180° from north and 90° clockwise from east and anticlockwise from west
the direction along a meridian towards the South Pole
the south (often capital) any area lying in or towards the south: Related adjectives: meridional, austral
(usually capital) cards the player or position at the table corresponding to south on the compass
situated in, moving towards, or facing the south
(esp of the wind) from the south
in, to, or towards the south
archaic (of the wind) from the south
- Symbol: S
British Dictionary definitions for South (2 of 2)
the southern part of England, generally regarded as lying to the south of an imaginary line between the Wash and the Severn
(in the US)
the area approximately south of Pennsylvania and the Ohio River, esp those states south of the Mason-Dixon line that formed the Confederacy during the Civil War
the Confederacy itself
the countries of the world that are not economically and technically advanced
of or denoting the southern part of a specified country, area, etc
(capital as part of a name): the South Pacific
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Other Idioms and Phrases with south
see go south.
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