Meaning of NORTH in English
abbreviation N, UK also Nth, [esp. US] No [noun] [U] - the direction which goes towards the part of the Earth above the equator, opposite to the south, or the part of an area or country which is in this directionThe points of the compass are North, South, East and West.The countryside is more mountainous in the north (of the country).Cambridge is/lies to the north of London.The studio has a north-facing window.The North can be used to refer to the rich industrial countries of the world, most of which are above the equator.The North can also mean the northeastern states of the US.The North defeated the South in the American Civil War.If someone refers to the North-South divide they mean the difference in wealth between the rich countries which are in the North and the poor countries in the South.In Britain, the North-South divide refers to the difference in conditions, esp. economic, between the poorer north and the richer south of the country.
Cambridge English vocab. Кембриджский английский словарь. 2012