from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The direction along a meridian 90° counterclockwise from east; the direction to the left of sunrise.
- n. The cardinal point on the mariner's compass located at 0°.
- n. An area or region lying in the north.
- n. The northern part of the earth.
- n. The northern part of a region or country.
- n. The northern part of the United States, especially the states that fought for the Union in the Civil War.
- adj. To, toward, of, facing, or in the north.
- adj. Originating in or coming from the north: a cold north wind.
- adv. In, from, or toward the north.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. One of the four major compass points, specifically 0°, directed toward the North Pole, and conventionally upwards on a map.
- n. The up or positive direction.
- n. Above or higher
- n. 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).
- adj. Of or pertaining to the north; northern.
- adj. Toward the north; northward.
- adj. Of wind, from the north.
- adj. Pertaining to the part of a corridor used by northbound traffic.
- adv. Toward the north; northward.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. Any country or region situated farther to the north than another; the northern section of a country.
- n. Specifically: That part of the United States lying north of Mason and Dixon's line. See under Line.
- adj. 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.
- intransitive v. To turn or move toward the north; to veer from the east or west toward the north.
- adv. Northward.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. That one of the cardinal points which is on the right hand when one faces in the direction of the setting sun (west); that intersection of the horizon with the meridian which is on the right hand when one is in this position.
- n. A region, tract, or country, or a part of such, lying toward the north pole from some other region or point of reckoning.
- n. Specifically With the definite article: In United States history and politics, those States and Territories which lie north of Maryland, the Ohio river, and Missouri.
- n. The north wind.
- n. Eccles., the side of a church that is on the left hand of one who faces the altar or high altar. See east, 1.
- Being in the north; northern.
- Eccles., situated at or near that side of a church which is to the left of one facing the altar or high altar. Abbreviated N.
- To the north; in the north.
- Nautical, to move or veer toward the north.
- An abbreviation of northern.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the United States (especially the northern states during the American Civil War)
- n. a location in the northern part of a country, region, or city
- n. the cardinal compass point that is at 0 or 360 degrees
- n. the direction in which a compass needle points
- n. the direction corresponding to the northward cardinal compass point
- n. British statesman under George III whose policies led to rebellion in the American colonies (1732-1792)
- adj. situated in or facing or moving toward or coming from the north
- adv. in a northern direction
- n. the region of the United States lying to the north of the Mason-Dixon line
Middle English, from Old English.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old English norþ, cognate with various Germanic counterparts such as Dutch noord(en), West Frisian noard, German Nord(en), Danish nord, all from a Proto-Germanic *nurþan, and cognate with Greek νέρτερος (nerteros, "infernal, lower") possibly all ultimately from a Proto-Indo-European *ner- (“left, below”), as north is to the left when one faces the rising sun. (Wiktionary)