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North

[nawrth] /nɔrθ/
noun
1.
Christopher, pen name of John Wilson.
2.
Frederick, 2nd Earl of Guilford
[gil-ferd] /ˈgɪl fərd/ (Show IPA),
("Lord North") 1732–92, British statesman: prime minister 1770–82.
3.
Sir Thomas, 1535?–1601? English translator.
Related forms
pro-North, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for t. north

north

/nɔːθ/
noun
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 north related adjectives arctic boreal
5.
(cards) (usually capital) the player or position at the table corresponding to north on the compass
adjective
6.
situated in, moving towards, or facing the north
7.
(esp of the wind) from the north
adverb
8.
in, to, or towards the north
9.
(archaic) (of the wind) from the north
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Word Origin
Old English; related to Old Norse northr, Dutch noord, Old High German nord

North1

/nɔːθ/
noun the North
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
adjective
6.
  1. of or denoting the northern part of a specified country, area, etc
  2. (as part of a name) North Africa

North2

/nɔːθ/
noun
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 and History for t. north
north
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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Slang definitions & phrases for t. north

north

adverb

In the direction of increase; upward: A few months ago the cost of a 4-megabit memory chip was $11 on the spot market. Last week, it was $20 and heading north (1864+)


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