cardinal point


Definition of cardinal point

: one of the four principal compass points north, south, east, and west

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The arrangement of forms would also allow visitors to enter the museum from any one of the cardinal points, making the museum more accessible. Los Angeles Times, "Three design teams propose La Brea Tar Pits revamp. The mammoth’s future? Uncertain," 26 Aug. 2019 The original eastern entrance was for Mahayana Buddhists, while the other cardinal points represented the Hindu trinity of Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma. Antonia Neubauer, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Asia," 5 Oct. 2016 Twice a year, the infamous city grid—which is actually off-kilter, about 29 degrees clockwise from the actual cardinal points of north, south, east, and west—lines up with the setting sun. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Where to See Manhattanhenge 2018," 28 May 2018

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First Known Use of cardinal point

1658, in the meaning defined above

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Kids Definition of cardinal point

: one of the four chief points of the compass which are north, south, east, west

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to wander slowly or to speak indistinctly

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