What does south mean?

Definitions for south
saʊθ; saʊðsouth

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. South(noun)

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

  2. Confederacy, Confederate States, Confederate States of America, South, Dixie, Dixieland(noun)

    the southern states that seceded from the United States in 1861

  3. south, due south, southward, S(noun)

    the cardinal compass point that is at 180 degrees

  4. south(noun)

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

  5. south(adj)

    the direction corresponding to the southward cardinal compass point

  6. south(adverb)

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

    "the south entrance"

  7. south, to the south, in the south(adverb)

    in a southern direction

    "we moved south"


  1. south(Noun)

    One of the four major compass points, specifically 180°, directed toward the South Pole, and conventionally downwards on a map.

  2. south(Adverb)

    Toward the south; southward.

  3. south(Adverb)


  4. south(Adverb)

    In an adverse direction or trend.

  5. south(Adverb)

    Of wind, from the south.

  6. south(Adjective)

    Toward the south; southward.

  7. south(Adjective)

    Of wind, from the south.

  8. south(Adjective)

    Of or pertaining to the south; southern.

  9. south(Adjective)

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

    south highway 1

  10. South(ProperNoun)

    Those states which formed the Confederacy during the American Civil War.

  11. South(ProperNoun)

    The south-eastern states of the United States, including more or less the same states as formed the Confederacy.

  12. South(ProperNoun)

    The southern part of any region.

Webster Dictionary

  1. South(noun)

    that one of the four cardinal points directly opposite to the north; the region or direction to the right or direction to the right of a person who faces the east

  2. South(noun)

    a country, region, or place situated farther to the south than another; the southern section of a country

  3. South(noun)

    specifically: That part of the United States which is south of Mason and Dixon's line. See under Line

  4. South(noun)

    the wind from the south

  5. South(adj)

    lying toward the south; situated at the south, or in a southern direction from the point of observation or reckoning; proceeding toward the south, or coming from the south; blowing from the south; southern; as, the south pole

  6. South(adverb)

    toward the south; southward

  7. South(adverb)

    from the south; as, the wind blows south

  8. South(verb)

    to turn or move toward the south; to veer toward the south

  9. South(verb)

    to come to the meridian; to cross the north and south line; -- said chiefly of the moon; as, the moon souths at nine

  10. Origin: [OE. south, su, AS. s for sun; akin to D. zuid, OHG. sund, G. sd, sden, Icel. sur, sunnr, Dan. syd, snden, Sw. syd, sder, sunnan; all probably akin to E. sun, meaning, the side towards the sun. 297. See Sun.]


  1. South

    South is a noun, adjective, or adverb indicating direction or geography. South is one of the four cardinal directions or compass points. It is the polar opposite of north and is perpendicular to east and west. By convention, the bottom side of a map is south. To go south using a compass for navigation, set a bearing or azimuth of 180°.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. South

    sowth, n. the direction in which the sun appears at noon to the people north of the Tropic of Cancer: any land opposite the north: the Southern States in U.S. history: the side of a church on the right hand of one facing the altar.—adj. lying towards the south.—adv. towards the south.—v.i. to veer towards the south: to cross the meridian of a place.—n. South′-east′, the direction equally distant from the south and east.—adjs. South′-east′, South′-east′erly, South′-east′ern, pertaining to, in the direction of, or coming from the south-east.—n. South′-east′er, a wind from the south-east.—advs. South′-east′ward, -ly, toward the south-east.—n. Souther (sowth′-), a wind from the south.—v.i. to veer toward the south.—adj. Southering (suth′-), turned toward the south, having a southern exposure.—n. Southerliness (suth′-), the condition of being southerly.—adjs. Southerly (suth′-), Southern (suth′-), pertaining to, situated in, or proceeding from or towards the south:—superls. Southermost (suth′-), Southernmost (suth′-), South′most, most southern, farthest towards the south.—n. Southerner (suth′-), an inhabitant of the south, esp. of the Southern States of America.—v.t. and v.i. Southernise (suth′-), to render southern in qualities or character, or to become such.—n. Southernism (suth′-), a form of expression peculiar to the south, esp. the Southern States of America.—adv. Southernly (suth′-), towards the south.—ns. Southernwood (suth′-), an aromatic plant of southern Europe, closely allied to wormwood; Southing (sowth′-), tendency or motion to the south: the time at which the moon passes the meridian; South′land, the south (also adj.).—adv. South′ly.—n. South′ness, tendency of a magnetic needle to point toward the south.—adj. Southron (suth′-), southern, esp. English.—n. a native or inhabitant of a southern country or district: an Englishman.—advs. South′ward (also suth′ard), toward the south (also n. and adj.); South′wardly (also adj.); South′wards.—n. South′-west′, the direction equally distant from the south and west—adjs. South′-west′, South′-west′erly, South′-west′ern, pertaining to, proceeding from, or lying in the direction of the south-west.—n. South′-west′er, a st

Editors Contribution

  1. south

    Is one of the four cardinal directions or compass points.

    True south is the direction towards the southern end of the axis about which the earth rotates, called the South Pole. The South Pole is located in Antarctica. Magnetic south is the direction towards the south magnetic pole, some distance away from the south geographic pole.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 9, 2017  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'south' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #577

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'south' in Written Corpus Frequency: #798

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'south' in Nouns Frequency: #233

Anagrams for south »

  1. shout, thous

  2. shout

  3. thous

How to pronounce south?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of south in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of south in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of south in a Sentence

  1. Cat Ellington:

    The South Side of Chicago is my oyster.

  2. Pete Buttigieg:

    We're in South Carolina to win South Carolina.

  3. Adam Kinzinger:

    South Carolina is a really natural fit for Jeb.

  4. Paula Miles:

    We are in the South and have beaches everywhere.

  5. President Trump:

    Soldiers are dangerously fleeing to South Korea.

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