cardinal point

cardinal points

plural noun
the four chief directions of the compass; the north, south, east, and west points.

Origin:
1540–50

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cardinal points
 
pl n
the four main points of the compass: north, south, east, and west

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Main Entry:  cardinal point
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  See cardinal direction
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cardinal point n.

  1. One of four points in the pelvic inlet toward which the occiput of the fetus is usually directed in cases of head presentation.

  2. Any of six reference points in the eye: the anterior focal point, posterior focal point, two principal points, and two nodal points.

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cardinal point  
One of the four principal directions on a compass (north, south, east, or west).
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