Definitions

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

  • 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.
  • adv. Northward.
  • 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.
  • intransitive v. To turn or move toward the north; to veer from the east or west toward the north.

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

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  • Maybe you won't believe it, but there are currents going north in this sea; once or twice in a lifetime, a whaler or passage hunter returns with a story of being drifted _north_ -- now that's what I want, I am hunting for a northern current.

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  • Army base between Seoul (South Korea's largest city) and the DMZ (North Korean border) to the north.

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  • The lowest rim of all the wheels, whether standing on the _north_ rails or on the _south_ rails of said track, in consequence of vertical induction attracted the unmarked end of the needle, and the upper rims attracted the marked end of the needle; but the middle portions of the periphery, both anterior and posterior, of the wheels standing on the north rail, attracted the unmarked end, while similar middle portions of wheels standing on south rails attracted the marked end; in consequence of horizontal induction, the wheels being connected by iron axles, and thus presenting considerable extension

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 430, March 29, 1884

  • I mean a word north of what we consider to be a run rate target zone Bob, so as Michael just recapped and you guys have heard us consistently, we have historically that we'll continue to use all the tools available to us.

  • With Battle Mountain playing for a league crown and Eagle Valley's purpose - a win or tie - to send the title north, it definitely felt like a victory for the Devils.

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  • A few miles further north is a giant Confederate flag, deliberately planted next to the Interstate.

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  • The lot to the north is a complete garbage dump and I have given up cleaning it.

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  • That mechanism in the north is the second full moon after the autumnal equinox, which I call the rutting moon.

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  • Less than one league from this village towards the north is a lake called Chapala, which is forty leagues around.

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