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North Pole

noun
1.
Geography. the end of the earth's axis of rotation, marking the northernmost point on the earth.
2.
Astronomy. the point at which the extended axis of the earth cuts the northern half of the celestial sphere, about 1° from the North Star; the north celestial pole.
3.
(lowercase) the pole of a magnet that seeks the earth's north magnetic pole.
4.
(lowercase) See under magnetic pole (def 1).
Origin of North Pole
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English

magnetic pole

noun
1.
the region of a magnet toward which the lines of magnetic induction converge (south pole) or from which the lines of induction diverge (north pole)
2.
either of the two points on the earth's surface where the dipping needle of a compass stands vertical, one in the arctic, the other in the antarctic.
Origin
1695-1705
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  • That is a question as full of fascination for the physicist as the north-pole mystery has ever been for the generality of mankind.

  • Then he streaked for the north-pole rendezvous of his group.

    The Chapter Ends Poul William Anderson
  • Louie's the gent in the leather leggin's and north-pole outfit that comes around after Mr. Robert every night with the machine.

    Torchy Sewell Ford
  • Some might tell about how cold it is in this north-pole part of the world.

  • I have got enough clothes now to keep me warm at the north-pole.

    Letters from France Isaac Alexander Mack
British Dictionary definitions for north-pole

magnetic pole

noun
1.
either of two regions in a magnet where the magnetic induction is concentrated
2.
either of two variable points on the earth's surface towards which a magnetic needle points, where the lines of force of the earth's magnetic field are vertical

North Pole

noun
1.
the northernmost point on the earth's axis, at a latitude of 90°N
2.
(astronomy) Also called north celestial pole. the point of intersection of the earth's extended axis and the northern half of the celestial sphere, lying about 1° from Polaris
3.
(usually not capitals) the pole of a freely suspended magnet, which is attracted to the earth's magnetic North Pole
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north-pole in Science
magnetic pole  
  1. Either of two regions of a magnet, designated north and south, where the magnetic field is strongest. Electromagnetic interactions cause the north poles of magnets to be attracted to the south poles of other magnets, and conversely. The north pole of a magnet is the pole out of which magnetic lines of force point, while the south pole is the pole into which they point. The Earth's geomagnetic "north" and "south" poles are, in fact, magnetically the opposite of what their names suggest; this is why the north end of a compass needle is attracted to the geomagnetic "north" pole. See Note at magnetism, See also monopole.

  2. Either of two regions of the Earth's surface at which magnetic lines of force are perpendicular to the Earth's surface. The Earth's magnetic poles are close to, but not identical with, both its geographic poles (the North and South Poles) and its geomagnetic poles. See Note at magnetic reversal.


North Pole  

The northern end of the Earth's axis of rotation, located at 90° north latitude at a point in the Arctic Ocean. See more at axis.
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north-pole in Culture

North Pole definition


The northern end, or pole, of the Earth's axis. (See Arctic and Arctic Ocean.)

magnetic pole definition


The spot on the Earth toward which a compass needle will point.

Note: The north magnetic pole is not located exactly at the geographic North Pole. Therefore, depending on where a compass is, its needle may not point exactly north.
Note: The variation between magnetic north and “true” north is usually shown on navigation maps as the “angle of declination.”
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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