What does north mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Northnoun

    the region of the United States lying to the north of the Mason-Dixon line

  2. Union, Northnoun

    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"

  3. north, due north, northward, Nnoun

    the cardinal compass point that is at 0 or 360 degrees

  4. northnoun

    a location in the northern part of a country, region, or city

  5. northnoun

    the direction corresponding to the northward cardinal compass point

  6. north, magnetic north, compass northnoun

    the direction in which a compass needle points

  7. North, Frederick North, Second Earl of Guilfordadjective

    British statesman under George III whose policies led to rebellion in the American colonies (1732-1792)

  8. northadverb

    situated in or facing or moving toward or coming from the north

    "artists like north light"; "the north portico"

  9. north, northerly, northwards, northwardadverb

    in a northern direction

    "they earn more up north"; "Let's go north!"


  1. northnoun

    One of the four major compass points, specifically 0°, directed toward the North Pole, and conventionally upwards on a map.

    Minnesota is in the north of the USA.

  2. northnoun

    The up or positive direction.

    Stock prices are heading north.

  3. northnoun

    Above or higher

    The price you're offering had better be north of the highest price this company has ever traded for. - Tom Aldredge in the movie Barbarians at the Gate

  4. northnoun

    The positive or north pole of a magnet, which seeks the magnetic pole near Earth's geographic North Pole (which, for its magnetic properties, is a south pole).

  5. northadverb

    Toward the north; northward.

  6. northadjective

    Of or pertaining to the north; northern.

  7. northadjective

    Toward the north; northward.

  8. northadjective

    Of wind, from the north.

    The north wind was cold.

  9. northadjective

    Pertaining to the part of a corridor used by northbound traffic.

    north highway 1

  10. Northnoun

    The Union during the American Civil War.

    The North lost most battles early in the war.

  11. Northnoun

    The North of England, a cultural region.

  12. Northnoun

    The northern states of the United States.

  13. Northnoun

    The northern part of any region.

  14. Etymology: from norþ, cognate with various Germanic counterparts such as Dutch noord(en), all from a nurþan, and cognate with Greek possibly all ultimately from a ner-, as north is to the left when one faces the rising sun.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Northadjective

    Northern; being in the north.

    This shall be your north border from the great sea to mount Hor. Num. xxxiv. 7.

  2. NORTHnoun

    The point opposite to the sun in the meridian.

    Etymology: norð , Saxon.

    More unconstant than the wind; who wooes
    Ev’n now the frozen bosom of the north;
    And being anger’d puffs away from thence,
    Turning his face to the dew dropping south. William Shakespeare.

    The tyrannous breathing of the north,
    Shakes all our buds from blowing. William Shakespeare, Cymb.

    Fierce Boreas issues forth
    T’ invade th’ frozen waggon of the north. Dryd.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Northnoun

    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. Northnoun

    any country or region situated farther to the north than another; the northern section of a country

  3. Northnoun

    specifically: That part of the United States lying north of Mason and Dixon's line. See under Line

  4. Northadjective

    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

  5. Northverb

    to turn or move toward the north; to veer from the east or west toward the north

  6. Northadverb


  7. Etymology: [AS. nor; akin to D. noord, G., Sw., & Dan. nord, Icel. norr. Cf. Norman, Norse.]


  1. North

    North is a noun, adjective, or adverb indicating direction or geography. North is one of the four cardinal directions or compass points. It is the opposite of south and is perpendicular to east and west. By convention, the top side of a map is often north. To go north using a compass for navigation, set a bearing or azimuth of 0° or 360°. North is specifically the direction that, in Western culture, is treated as the fundamental direction: ⁕North is used to define all other directions. ⁕The top edges of maps usually correspond to the northern edge of the area represented, unless explicitly stated otherwise or landmarks are considered more useful for that territory than specific directions. ⁕On any rotating object, north denotes the side appearing to rotate counter-clockwise when viewed from afar along the axis of rotation.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. North

    north, n. the point opposite the sun at noon: one of the four cardinal points of the horizon: the side of a church to the left of one facing the principal altar: that portion of the United States north of the former slave-holding states—i.e. north of Maryland, the Ohio, and Missouri.—adv. to or in the north.—ns. North′-cock, the snow bunting; North′-east, the point between the north and east, equidistant from each.—adj. belonging to or from the north-east.—n. North′-east′er, a wind from the north-east.—adjs. North′-east′erly, toward or coming from the north-east; North′-east′ern, belonging to the north-east: being in the north-east, or in that direction.—adv. North′-east′ward, toward the north-east.—ns. North′er (th), a wind or gale from the north, esp. applied to a cold wind that blows in winter over Texas and the Gulf of Mexico; North′erliness (th), state of being toward the north.—adj. North′erly (th), being toward the north: coming from the north.—adv. toward or from the north.—adj. North′ern (th), pertaining to the north: being in the north or in the direction toward it: proceeding from the north.—n. an inhabitant of the north.—n. North′erner (th), a native of, or resident in, the north, esp. of the northern United States.—adjs. North′ernmost (th), North′most, situate at the point farthest north.—ns. North′ing, motion, distance, or tendency northward: distance of a heavenly body from the equator northward: difference of latitude made by a ship in sailing northward: deviation towards the north; North′man, one of the ancient Scandinavians; North′-pole, the point in the heavens, or beneath it on the earth's surface, ninety degrees north of the equator; North′-star, the north polar star; Northum′brian, a native of the modern Northumberland, or of the ancient kingdom of Northumbria, stretching from the Humber to the Forth: that variety of English spoken in Northumbria before the Conquest—also adj.adjs. North′ward, North′wardly, being toward the north.—adv. toward the north—also North′wards.—n. North′-west, the point between the north and west, equidistant from each.—adj. pertaining to or from the north-west.—adjs. North′-west′erly, toward or coming from the north-west; North′-west′ern, belonging to the north-west: pertaining to, or being in, the north-west or in that direction.—North water, the space of open sea left by the winter pack of ice moving southward.—North-east Passage, a passage for ships along the north coasts of Europe and Asia to the Pacific, first made by Nordenskiöld in 1878-79; Northern lights, the aurora borealis (q.v.); North-west Passage, a sea-way for ships from the Atlantic into the Pacific along the northern coast of America, fir

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. north

    From the Anglo-Saxon nord.

Editors Contribution

  1. north

    Is an intuitively known direction or compass point on a navigational system on planet earth.

    North is the other direction to south and is perpendicular to east and west.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 9, 2017  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'north' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #578

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'north' in Written Corpus Frequency: #900

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'north' in Nouns Frequency: #236

Anagrams for north »

  1. Rt Hon

  2. Thorn

  3. thorn

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of north in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of north in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of north in a Sentence

  1. Kim Jong:

    What Kim Jong Un has said publicly and in discussions is that he is prepared to negotiate to achieve complete denuclearization of North Korea, those words are important, but we'll see what they mean.

  2. John Hyten:

    I think Russia is the greatest threat. What I'm concerned about most nights is North Korea, every time they launch I'm not sure what that launch is going to be. That would be the definition of unpredictable.

  3. Bob Rucho:

    We have won a governorship, two U.S. senators and the General Assembly, north Carolina has been one of the leading states in strengthening the Republican Party, and we feel that any sanctions against us would be against a group of people who have made great strides in helping the Republican Party in the Southeast and in the rest of the country.

  4. Tom Cotton:

    North Korea has a long history of demanding concessions merely to negotiate, kim Jong Un is a murderous despot and habitual liar.

  5. Jack Honey:

    If the storm comes closer, we're leaving, if it turns and goes north, we're going to stick it out.

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