north

adverb
\ˈnȯrth \

Definition of north 

(Entry 1 of 6)

: to, toward, or in the north

north

adjective

Definition of north (Entry 2 of 6)

1 : situated toward or at the north the north entrance

2 : coming from the north a north wind

north

noun

Definition of north (Entry 3 of 6)

1a : the direction of the north terrestrial pole : the direction to the left of one facing east

b : the compass point directly opposite to south

2 capitalized

a : regions or countries lying to the north of a specified or implied point of orientation

b : the industrially and economically developed nations of the world — compare south sense 5

3 often capitalized

a : the one of four positions at 90-degree intervals that lies to the north or at the top of a diagram

b : a person occupying this position in the course of a specified activity (such as the game of bridge)

North

biographical name (1)
\ˈnȯrth \

Definition of North (Entry 4 of 6)

Douglass Cecil 1920–2015 American economist

North

biographical name (2)

Definition of North (Entry 5 of 6)

Frederick 1732–1792 Lord North English statesman; prime minister (1770–82)

North

biographical name (3)

Definition of North (Entry 6 of 6)

Sir Thomas 1535–?1603 English translator

Examples of north in a Sentence

Adverb

Turn north onto Elm Street. It's a few miles north of here. The bird is found as far north as Canada.

Noun

The wind is coming from the north. The birds migrate from the North. Parts of the North were hit hard by the storm. I grew up in the North. The American Civil War was between the North and the South.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

From Poplar Beach, the Half Moon Bay Coast Trail heads about 5 miles north to Pillar Point Harbor; fortify yourself with ice cream, a hearty meal or a cold beer from the unabashedly old-timey Ketch Joanne / Harbor Bar complex. Jeanne Cooper, SFChronicle.com, "Suite Spot: Cameron’s Inn, Half Moon Bay," 12 July 2018 At 22, Hernandez had dreamed of following the trail of thousands of others who have left this town in central Honduras to head north. Jim Wyss, miamiherald, "U.S. immigration hard-line spurs some would-be migrants in Honduras to think twice," 8 July 2018 Flocks of travelers are headed north to escape the heat wave in the Lower 48. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, "Playing tour guide this summer for visitors to Alaska? Here are some fun itineraries," 7 July 2018 Staying on the gridiron, one of the Cincinnati Metro Athletic Conference's premier athletes is headed north. Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati.com, "Recruiting Trail: ND, OSU and UK highlight weekend commitments," 2 July 2018 The parade starts at the intersection of Towsontown and Bosley avenues, heads north up Bosley Avenue, east across Allegheny Avenue and finally south on Washington Avenue. Leah Brennan, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore's Rosie the Riveters to lead 124th Towson 4th of July Parade," 28 June 2018 Authorities confirmed that the robbers were last seen by family quickly heading north from the house but have not confirmed whether or not anything was stolen. Alessandra Rincón, Billboard, "Wayne Newton Reacts to Burglaries at Las Vegas Home: 'I'm as Angry as One Could Imagine'," 26 June 2018 Though Americans come to Tijuana for beaches and bars at weekends, on weekdays the roads are full of Mexicans heading north for jobs. The Economist, "Why America and Mexico are destined to grow even closer," 21 June 2018 Top, a young boy is detained along with his family members. Left, a group of migrants who had just crossed the U.S.-Mexico border walk along a road headed north near McAllen, Texas, where local authorities wait. Marc Martin, latimes.com, "The faces of the immigration issue | Scenes along the border," 21 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The motorcycle went off the north side of the road, over an embankment and hit an electric fence, according to the sheriff's office. Jennifer Baker, Cincinnati.com, "Motorcyclist killed, teen airlifted to hospital from crash," 9 July 2018 It is located at the north end zone, and that's key to this story. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "Claire McCaskill roasted by Mizzou fans after tweeting mistake about Memorial Stadium | The Kansas City Star," 14 Apr. 2018 Less than a year later, Xia was stationed at base camp on the north side Everest in Tibet at 16,900 feet. Time, "The Ethics of Climbing Everest: Double Amputee Xia Boyu’s Feat Fuels Debates About Who Belongs on the Roof of the World," 3 Apr. 2018 Those lower-bowl north end zone seats will now be sold to the general public. azcentral, "ASU football: Entire student section to be in south end of Sun Devil Stadium," 6 Mar. 2018 But the most recent revelation could still see Rabiot arrive into north London - but not as a Gunner. SI.com, "Tottenham Fans Excited Over Reported Links to Paris Saint Germain Midfielder," 3 July 2018 The park will serve the rapidly-growing area of north Peoria. Jen Fifield, azcentral, "'We had sewage coming up from the drains': 5 ways northwest Valley cities are upgrading," 25 June 2018 The Birmingham diocese, which includes 90,000 Catholics in north-central Alabama, maintains a high profile in the Roman Catholic Church worldwide as home to Eternal Word Television Network. Greg Garrison, AL.com, "Bishop Foley buried at cathedral," 23 Apr. 2018 Authorities have issued a no-travel advisory for northwestern and north-central North Dakota due to snow and blowing snow. CBS News, "Blizzard-like conditions expected in spring storm slamming northern Plains," 31 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

About half of its total infantry force of about 70,000 is deployed in the north-east. The Economist, "The fight against Islamic State is moving to Africa," 14 July 2018 The original plan also called for lifting the building eight feet to bring the lower level up to street level and expanding it to the north, which would eliminate some parking spaces. Steven Goode, Courant Community, "Riley Lumber Property Purchase In Sight," 14 July 2018 Crucial players like Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, and Mario Mandžukić are all north of 30, and might be playing in their last World Cup. Hayden Bird, BostonGlobe.com, "What to know about the World Cup title match," 14 July 2018 The agents stopped the truck north of the Old Highway 395 overpass near Fallbrook. Pauline Repard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Border Patrol seizes 45 pounds of meth in pickup along I-15 in Fallbrook," 14 July 2018 The detour for northbound traffic will be west on Willey Road, north on Atherton and New Haven roads and east on Ohio 126. Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati traffic: Morgan Ross Road closes Tuesday," 13 July 2018 MeerKAT is a followup to the KAT 7 (Karoo Array Telescope), built in the vast semi-desert Karoo region north of Cape Town to demonstrate South Africa's ability to host the SKA. Wendell Roelf, The Christian Science Monitor, "South Africa's MeerKAT telescope will help uncover next space frontier," 13 July 2018 The warning applies to those who live within the area that is bounded by the following: — to the north by Western Avenue to Massachusetts Avenue to Nebraska Avenue to Military Road to Missouri to New Hampshire Avenue. Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, "Don’t drink the water if you live in parts of Northeast and Northwest Washington," 13 July 2018 The other was aimed at sharing the city’s history and went up on the north wall of La Opera, also on Genesee. Emily K. Coleman, Lake County News-Sun, "Artist behind Ray Bradbury mural in Waukegan hopes his work will inspire kids who don't have access to art," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of north

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for north

Adverb

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German nord north and perhaps to Greek nerteros lower, infernal

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north

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of north

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: to or toward the north

north

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of north (Entry 2 of 3)

: located in or toward the north

: coming from the north

north

noun

English Language Learners Definition of north (Entry 3 of 3)

: the direction that is to your left when you are facing the rising sun : the direction that is the opposite of south

the north : regions or countries north of a certain point; especially : the northern part of the U.S.

north

adverb
\ˈnȯrth \

Kids Definition of north

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: to or toward the north It's north of here.

north

adjective

Kids Definition of north (Entry 2 of 3)

: placed toward, facing, or coming from the north the north entrance a north wind

north

noun

Kids Definition of north (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : the direction to the left of someone facing east : the compass point opposite to south

2 capitalized : regions or countries north of a point that is mentioned or understood

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