Meaning of NORTH in English


I. ˈnȯrth adverb

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German nord north and perhaps to Greek nerteros lower, infernal

Date: before 12th century

: to, toward, or in the north

II. adjective

Date: before 12th century

1. : situated toward or at the north

the north entrance

2. : coming from the north

a north wind

III. noun

Date: 13th century


a. : the direction of the north terrestrial pole : the direction to the left of one facing east

b. : the compass point directly opposite to south

2. capitalized

a. : regions or countries lying to the north of a specified or implied point of orientation

b. : the industrially and economically developed nations of the world — compare south 5

3. often capitalized

a. : the one of four positions at 90-degree intervals that lies to the north or at the top of a diagram

b. : a person occupying this position in the course of a specified activity (as the game of bridge)

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.