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cardinal points

plural noun
1.
the four chief directions of the compass; the north, south, east, and west points.
Origin of cardinal points
1540-1550
1540-50
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  • Their bases were four-cornered, their external surfaces equilateral triangles, pointing to the four cardinal points.

  • And these were set with consummate accuracy at the cardinal points.

    The Watchers of the Plains Ridgewell Cullum
  • According to Webster, the three cardinal points essential to true oratory are clearness, force and sincerity.

    Hidden Treasures Harry A. Lewis
  • From the Anglo-Saxon, y'st. One of the cardinal points of the compass.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • It is distinguished by the names of the four cardinal points of the world; viz.

  • They have no compasses, but the means by which they discover the cardinal points is curious.

    Hudson Bay R.M. Ballantyne
  • Indeed, a portion of them were not aware that these terms relate to the four cardinal points of the compass.

    Popular Education Ira Mayhew
  • We are told they face the cardinal points, and consist of fallen and erect walls.

    The Prehistoric World E. A. Allen
  • There does not seem to be any one animal used in connection with any one of the cardinal points.

    Animal Figures in the Maya Codices Alfred M. Tozzer and Glover M. Allen
  • The pyramid is square, and stands to the four cardinal points.

    Letters from Palestine J. D. Paxton
British Dictionary definitions for cardinal points

cardinal points

plural noun
1.
the four main points of the compass: north, south, east, and west
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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