cardinal point


Definition of cardinal point

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Even the most sober-minded Egyptologists agreed that the pyramids were aligned to the cardinal points of the compass with a precision that would be difficult to better even in modern times. Jimmy Maher, Ars Technica, "How alternative Egyptology and scientific archaeology were born on the Giza Plateau," 15 Mar. 2020 Archaeoastronomers — those who study how ancient people related to the sky — tell us that many of the walls and windows at Chaco are aligned with cardinal points, the sun and other stars, and the buildings functioned as an observatory and calendar. Jim Robbins, New York Times, "Searching for the Ancestral Puebloans," 6 Nov. 2019 Money and mystification, not knowledge or ignorance, are its cardinal points. Longreads, "Communiqué from an Exurban Satellite Clinic of a Cancer Pavilion Named after a Financier," 17 Sep. 2019 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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“Cardinal point.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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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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