What does south mean?

Definitions for south
saʊθ; saʊðsouth

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Southnoun

    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, Dixielandnoun

    the southern states that seceded from the United States in 1861

  3. south, due south, southward, Snoun

    the cardinal compass point that is at 180 degrees

  4. southnoun

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

  5. southadjective

    the direction corresponding to the southward cardinal compass point

  6. southadverb

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

    "the south entrance"

  7. south, to the south, in the southadverb

    in a southern direction

    "we moved south"


  1. southnoun

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

  2. southadverb

    Toward the south; southward.

  3. southadverb


  4. southadverb

    In an adverse direction or trend.

  5. southadverb

    Of wind, from the south.

  6. southadjective

    Toward the south; southward.

  7. southadjective

    Of wind, from the south.

  8. southadjective

    Of or pertaining to the south; southern.

  9. southadjective

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

    south highway 1

  10. Southnoun

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

  11. Southnoun

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

  12. Southnoun

    The southern part of any region.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Southadjective

    Southern; meridional.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    One inch of delay more is a south sea off discovery. William Shakespeare.

    How thy garments are warm, when he quieteth the earth by the south wind. Job xxxvii. 17.

    Mean while the south wind rose, and with black wings
    Wide hovering, all the clouds together drove. John Milton.

  2. Southadverb

    His regiment lies half a mile
    South from the mighty power of the king. William Shakespeare, R. III.

    Such fruits as you appoint for long keeping, gather in a fair and dry day, and when the wind bloweth not south. Francis Bacon.

  3. SOUTHnoun

    Etymology: suð , Saxon; suyd, Dutch; sud, French.

    East and West have no certain points of heaven, but North and South are fixed; and seldom the far southern people have invaded the northern, but contrariwise. Francis Bacon.

    The queen of the South. Bible.

    From the North to call
    Decrepit Winter, from the South to bring
    Solstitial Summer’s heat. John Milton.

    All the contagion of the South light on you,
    You shames of Rome, you! William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    The North-east spends its rage, and now
    Th’ effusive South warms the wide air. James Thomson, Spring.


  1. South

    South is one of the cardinal directions or compass points. The direction is the opposite of north and is perpendicular to both east and west.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Southnoun

    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. Southnoun

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

  3. Southnoun

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

  4. Southnoun

    the wind from the south

  5. Southadjective

    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. Southadverb

    toward the south; southward

  7. Southadverb

    from the south; as, the wind blows south

  8. Southverb

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

  9. Southverb

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

  10. Etymology: [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 storm or gale from the south-west: a painted canvas hat with a broad flap behind for the neck (often Sou′west′er).—South Sea, the Pacific Ocean. [A.S. súth; Ger. süd, Ice. sudhr.]

Editors Contribution

  1. south

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

    True south is the direction towards the southern end of the axis about which the earth rotates.

    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

  2. thous

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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. Hank Azaria:

    I really want to see Indian, South Asian writer, writers in the room, not in a token way but genuinely informing whatever new direction this character may take, including how it is voiced or not voiced, i'm perfectly willing and happy to step aside or help transition it into something new. I really hope that's what' The Simpsons' does and it not only makes sense, but it just feels like the right thing to do to me.

  2. Nick Mai:

    We're not going to see a quick boom in product exports, give it another two years and it could affect exporters such as South Korea and Saudi Arabia.

  3. Randy Page:

    A lot of people have typically thought the evangelical vote was monolithic in South Carolina, perhaps in some cycles it has been.

  4. United States:

    I ca n’t explain South Africa’s reasoning for presenting South Africa reasoning own resolution, you have to ask South Africa why they thought it was necessary to submit a competing resolution. United States RESPONSE TO RUSSIAN CHEMICAL WEAPONS WOULD BE' IN KIND' : BIDEN.

  5. Xolani Dube:

    Many of the women the president announced have been there for many decades. We need to ask ourselves what kind of paradigm shift are we looking for in this country, we need to introduce young women who have a different outlook on how South Africa is supposed to be governed in this particular age.

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    like a pulp or overripe; not having stiffness
    • A. brilliant
    • B. squashy
    • C. abrupt
    • D. sought

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