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cardinal points

plural noun
1.
the four chief directions of the compass; the north, south, east, and west points.
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50
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British Dictionary definitions for cardinal point

cardinal points

plural noun
1.
the four main points of the compass: north, south, east, and west
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cardinal point in Medicine

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