Meaning of NORTH in English


I. ˈnȯ(ə)rth, ˈnȯ(ə)th adverb

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German nord north, Old Norse northr north, Umbrian nertru left, Greek nerteros lower, infernal; basic meaning: left

: to, toward, or in the north : northward

II. adjective

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English north-, from north, adverb


a. : situated toward or at the north

the north entrance

the north country


[Middle English, from Old English northan-, from northan, adverb; akin to Old Norse northan from the north; derivative from the root of English north (I) ]

: coming from the north

the north wind

2. : in the direction of the left side of a church looking from the nave toward the altar or chancel

III. noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English, from north, adverb


a. : the direction of the north terrestrial pole : the direction to the left of one facing east : the direction to the left of one facing the sunrise when the sun is near one of the equinoxes

b. : the part of the sky lying to the left of an observer facing east

c. : the cardinal point directly opposite to south — abbr. N ; see compass card

d. : the direction along any meridian toward that pole of the earth viewed from which the earth's rotation is counterclockwise — compare magnetic north

e. : the direction on the celestial sphere to the left when one faces the direction of its apparent rotation : the direction to the left when one faces the direction of revolution around the sun of the earth and the principal planets

2. usually capitalized

a. : regions or countries lying to the north of a specified or implied point of orientation (as in the United States the states lying in general north of Mason and Dixon's Line and the Ohio river)

b. : something (as people, culture, or institutions) characteristic of the North

the North favored certain legislative proposals

3. : the north wind

4. often capitalized

a. : the one of four positions at 90-degree intervals that lies toward the north

b. : a person (as a bridge player) occupying such a position in the course of a specific activity

IV. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: north (I)

: to move or veer toward the north

V. noun

Usage: usually capitalized

: the industrialized and economically developed nations of the world — compare south herein

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