NORTH, n. [I know not the origin of this word, nor its primary sense. It may have been applied first to the pole star, or to the wind, like Boreas.] One of the cardinal points, being that point of the horizon which is directly opposite to the sun in the meridian, on the left hand when we stand with the face to the east; or it is that point of intersection of the horizon and meridian which is nearest our pole. NORTH, a. Being in the north; as the north polar star.
adj 1: situated in or facing or moving toward or coming from the north; "artists like north light"; "the north portico" [ant: south] n 1: the region of the United States lying to the north of the Mason-Dixon line 2: the United States (especially the northern states during the American Civil War); "he has visited every state in the Union"; "Lee hoped to detach Maryland from the Union"; "the North's superior resources turned the scale" [syn: Union, North] 3: the cardinal compass point that is at 0 or 360 degrees [syn: north, due north, northward, N] 4: a location in the northern part of a country, region, or city 5: the direction corresponding to the northward cardinal compass point 6: the direction in which a compass needle points [syn: north, magnetic north, compass north] 7: British statesman under George III whose policies led to rebellion in the American colonies (1732-1792) [syn: North, Frederick North, Second Earl of Guilford] adv 1: in a northern direction; "they earn more up north"; "Let's go north!" [syn: north, northerly, northwards, northward]
I. biographical name Christopher — see John WilsonII. biographical name Douglass Cecil 1920- American economist III. biographical name Frederick 1732-1792 Lord North English statesman; prime minister (1770-82) IV. biographical name Sir Thomas 1535-?1603 English translator
I. adverbEtymology: 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. adjectiveDate: before 12th century 1. situated toward or at the north <the north entrance> 2. coming from the north <a north wind> III. nounDate: 13th century 1.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.capitalizeda. 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 capitalizeda. 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)
n., adj., & adv. --n. 1 a the point of the horizon 90° anticlockwise from east. b the compass point corresponding to this. c the direction in which this lies. 2 (usu. the North) a the part of the world or a country or a town lying to the north, esp. = north country or Northern States. b the Arctic. c the industrialized nations. 3 (North) Bridge a player occupying the position designated 'north'. --adj. 1 towards, at, near, or facing north. 2 coming from the north (north wind). --adv. 1 towards, at, or near the north. 2 (foll. by of) further north than. Phrases and idioms: North American adj. of North America. --n. a native or inhabitant of North America, esp. a citizen of the US or Canada. north and south lengthwise along a line from north to south. north by east (or west) between north and north-north-east (or north-north-west). north country the northern part of England (north of the Humber). North-countryman (pl. -men) a native of the north country. north-east n. 1 the point of the horizon midway between north and east. 2 the compass point corresponding to this. 3 the direction in which this lies. --adj. of, towards, or coming from the north-east. --adv. towards, at, or near the north-east. North-East the part of a country or town lying to the north-east. north-easterly adj. & adv. = north-east. north-eastern lying on the north-east side. north-east passage a passage for ships along the northern coast of Europe and Asia, formerly thought of as a possible route to the East. north light light from the north, esp. as desired by painters and in factory design. north-north-east the point or direction midway between north and north-east. north-north-west the point or direction midway between north and north-west. North Pole 1 the northernmost point of the earth's axis of rotation. 2 the northernmost point about which the stars appear to revolve. North Sea the sea between Britain, the Netherlands, Germany, and Scandinavia. North Star the polestar. north-west n. 1 the point of the horizon midway between north and west. 2 the compass point corresponding to this. 3 the direction in which this lies. --adj. of, towards, or coming from the north-west. --adv. towards, at, or near the north-west. North-West the part of a country or town lying to the north-west. north-westerly adj. & adv. = north-west. north-western lying on the north-west side. north-west passage a passage for ships along the northern coast of America, formerly thought of as a possible route from the Atlantic to the Pacific. to the north (often foll. by of) in a northerly direction. Etymology: OE f. Gmc
North North, n. [AS. nor[eth]; akin to D. noord, G., Sw., & Dan. nord, Icel. nor[eth]r. Cf. Norman, Norse.] 1. That one of the four cardinal points of the compass, at any place, which lies in the direction of the true meridian, and to the left hand of a person facing the east; the direction opposite to the south. 2. Any country or region situated farther to the north than another; the northern section of a country. 3. Specifically: That part of the United States lying north of Mason and Dixon's line. See under Line.
North North, a. Lying toward the north; situated at the north, or in a northern direction from the point of observation or reckoning; proceeding toward the north, or coming from the north. North following. See Following, a., 2. North pole, that point in the heavens, or on the earth, ninety degrees from the equator toward the north. North preceding. See Following, a., 2. North star, the star toward which the north pole of the earth very nearly points, and which accordingly seems fixed and immovable in the sky. The star [alpha] (alpha) of the Little Bear, is our present north star, being distant from the pole about 1[deg] 25', and from year to year approaching slowly nearer to it. It is called also Cynosura, polestar, and by astronomers, Polaris.
also NorthFrequency: The word is one of the 700 most common words in English. 1. The north is the direction which is on your left when you are looking towards the direction where the sun rises. In the north the ground becomes very cold as the winter snow and ice covers the ground...Birds usually migrate from north to south.N-UNCOUNT: also the N 2. Thenorth of a place, country, or region is the part which is in the north. The scheme mostly benefits people in the North and Midlands....a tiny house in a village in the north of France.N-SING: usu the N, oft N of n 3. If you go north, you travel towards the north. Anita drove north up Pacific Highway.ADV: ADV after v 4. Something that is north of a place is positioned to the north of it. ...a little village a few miles north of Portsmouth.ADV: usu ADV of n 5. The north edge, corner, or part of a place or country is the part which is towards the north. ...the north side of the mountain...They were coming in to land on the north coast of Crete.ADJ: ADJ n 6. 'North' is used in the names of some countries, states, and regions in the north of a larger area. There were demonstrations this weekend in cities throughout North America, Asia and Europe.ADJ: ADJ n 7. A north wind is a wind that blows from the north. ...a bitterly cold north wind.ADJ: ADJ n 8. The North is used to refer to the richer, more developed countries of the world. Malaysia has emerged as the toughest critic of the North's environmental attitudes.N-SING: the N