Definitions for: North


[n] any region lying in or toward the north
[n] 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"
[n] the region of the United States lying north of the Mason-Dixon line
[n] British statesman under George III whose policies led to rebellion in the American colonies (1732-1792)
[n] the cardinal compass point that is at 0 or 360 degrees
[n] the direction in which a compass needle points
[adv] in a northern direction; "they earn more up north"; "Let's go north!"
[adj] situated in or facing or moving toward or coming from the north; "artists like north light"; "the north portico"



Webster (1913) Definition: 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, 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.


North, v. i.
To turn or move toward the north; to veer from the east or
west toward the north.


North, adv.
Northward.

Synonyms: compass north, due north, Frederick North, in the north, magnetic north, N, northbound, north-central, northeast, northeasterly, northeastern, northeastward, northerly, northerly, northern, northernmost, northland, northmost, northward, northward, northwards, northwest, northwesterly, northwestern, northwestward, Second Earl of Guilford, septentrion, to the north, Union

Antonyms: south

See Also: America, cardinal compass point, direction, free state, geographic area, geographic region, geographical area, geographical region, national leader, Northerner, region, solon, statesman, U.S., U.S.A., United States, United States of America, US, USA, Yank, Yankee

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