a cardinal point of the compass, lying in the plane of the meridian and to the left of a person facing the rising sun. Abbreviation: N
the direction in which this point lies.
(usually initial capital letter) a region or territory situated in this direction.
the northern area of the United States, especially the states that fought to preserve the Union in the Civil War, lying to the north of the Ohio River, and usually including Missouri and Maryland.
(initial capital letter) North Country.
the north wind.
in, toward, or facing, the north: the north gate.
directed or proceeding toward the north: a north course.
coming from the north: a north wind.
(usually initial capital letter) designating the northern part of a region, nation, country, etc.: North Atlantic.
to, toward, or in the north: sailing north.

before 900; Middle English, Old English, cognate with Dutch noord, German Nord, Old Norse northr Unabridged


Christopher, pen name of John Wilson.
Frederick, 2nd Earl of Guilford [gil-ferd] , ("Lord North") 1732–92, British statesman: prime minister 1770–82.
Sir Thomas, 1535?–1601?, English translator.

pro-North, adjective Unabridged
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north (nɔːθ)
1.  one of the four cardinal points of the compass, at 0° or 360°, that is 90° from east and west and 180° from south
2.  the direction along a meridian towards the North Pole
3.  the direction in which a compass needle points; magnetic north
4.  (often capital) the North any area lying in or towards the northRelated: arctic, boreal
5.  (usually capital) cards the player or position at the table corresponding to north on the compass
6.  situated in, moving towards, or facing the north
7.  (esp of the wind) from the north
8.  in, to, or towards the north
9.  archaic (of the wind) from the north
Related: arctic, boreal
[Old English; related to Old Norse northr, Dutch noord, Old High German nord]

North1 (nɔːθ)
1.  the northern area of England, generally regarded as reaching approximately the southern boundaries of Yorkshire and Lancashire
2.  (in the US) the area approximately north of Maryland and the Ohio River, esp those states north of the Mason-Dixon Line that were known as the Free States during the Civil War
3.  the northern part of North America, esp the area consisting of Alaska, the Yukon, the Northwest Territories, and Nunavut; the North Country
4.  the countries of the world that are economically and technically advanced
5.  poetic the north wind
6.  a.  of or denoting the northern part of a specified country, area, etc
 b.  (as part of a name): North Africa

North2 (nɔːθ)
1.  Frederick, 2nd Earl of Guildford, called Lord North. 1732-- 92, British statesman; prime minister (1770--82), dominated by George III. He was held responsible for the loss of the American colonies
2.  Sir Thomas. ?1535--?1601, English translator of Plutarch's Lives (1579), which was the chief source of Shakespeare's Roman plays

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Word Origin & History

O.E. norð, from P.Gmc. *nurtha- (cf. O.N. norðr, O.Fris. north, M.Du. nort, Du. noord, Ger. nord), possibly ult. from PIE *ner- "left," also "below," as north is to the left when one faces the rising sun (cf. Skt. narakah "hell," Gk. enerthen "from beneath," Oscan-Umbrian nertrak "left"). The
same notion underlies Ir. tuaisceart "north." The usual word for "north" in the Romance languages is ultimately from English, cf. O.Fr. north (Fr. nord), borrowed from O.E. norð; It., Sp. norte are borrowed from O.Fr. North-easter "wind blowing from the northeast" is from 1794. North American first used 1766, by Franklin. Northwest Passage first attested 1600. Northerner in U.S. geo-political sense is attested from 1831. Northern lights "aurora borealis" first recorded 1721. North Star "Pole Star" is M.E. norþe sterre (1398, cf. M.Du. noirdstern, Ger. nordstern).
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Example sentences
As days shorten, lengthening shadows seem to swallow every thing north of walls and trees.
Much of their drinking water comes from a lake in the peaceful countryside north of town.
Plants that tolerate low light are usually happiest near an east- or
  north-facing window.
He then marched north along the coast, with the army being supplied by sea.
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