north

adverb
\ ˈnȯrth How to pronounce north (audio) \

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 How to pronounce North (audio) \

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

Chad See, executive director of the Freezer Longline Coalition, a trade association of vessels that target Pacific cod using baited lines, said members caught their quota last year but had to travel farther north. Dan Joling, The Seattle Times, "Pace of Bering Sea changes startles scientists," 16 Apr. 2019 Her departure from King's Landing in season 4 and gradual journey north to Winterfell leads to dramatic changes in her appearance. Glamour, "Sansa Stark's Costumes Might Confirm a Huge Game of Thrones Theory," 14 Apr. 2019 The model ends its reproduction of the river’s basin around Baton Rouge, 150 miles north of where the river meets the gulf. Nate Berg, Curbed, "Can engineering save Louisiana’s coastline?," 7 Nov. 2018 The case remains set for an April 25, 2019, trial date in the county court in Redwood City, California, roughly five miles north from Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Judge slams bikini-app maker’s lawyers in legal clash with Facebook," 1 Dec. 2018 Mohammed, 52, provided security at American military bases in central Baghdad and just north of the Iraqi capital from 2008 to 2014. Fox News, "Trump refugee policy leaves thousands stranded outside US," 7 Oct. 2018 Police said a 35-year-old man was standing outside when someone fired three shots before jumping in a vehicle and fleeing north from the scene. Deanese Williams-harris, chicagotribune.com, "1 dead, 4 wounded in South Side shootings Thursday," 12 July 2018 Many of Balboa Park’s historic buildings were constructed for the 1915 and 1917 Panama-California Exposition to highlight the city as a place for ships traveling north from the canal to go first. Phillip Molnar, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Port of San Diego lands large liner contract," 9 July 2018 Starting in about 2011, the U.S. began to see a rise in the number of families and unaccompanied children migrating north from Central America's Northern Triangle. NBC News, "Separated from son, one migrant mom takes on the feds," 7 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

But as is often the case, Camden’s struggles have revealed its strengths—and never have those been more apparent than on a humid afternoon at 10th and Elm on the city’s north side. Kate Morgan, Woman's Day, "A New Jersey Softball Team Is Lifting Its City's Spirits," 21 Mar. 2019 Photo: Photo by Landon Nordeman 5:30 p.m. A Drink Fit for a Founding Father When cocktail hour/quitting time rolls around, The George Washington Bar stands ready to receive savvy hotel guests and drop-ins at the Gallery’s north end. Stan Parish, WSJ, "A Splendid, (Mostly) Stationary Sunday at the Freehand New York," 10 Dec. 2018 The 61-year-old man, who was not identified, was attacked around 4 p.m. at Long Nook Beach in Truro, located near the cape’s north end, on the peninsula’s Atlantic side, assistant harbormaster Gary Sharpless told the Associated Press. Fox News, "Shark attacks swimmer off Cape Cod," 16 Aug. 2018 The Lake Villa building has no physical damage, but smoke did enter the building’s north end, where the gymnasium and athletic rooms are located, Superintendent Jim McKay said. Emily K. Coleman, Lake County News-Sun, "Electrical fire causes evacuation of Lakes Community High School in Lake Villa," 9 July 2018 What to Do: Go to the beach’s north end; under the cliff is Sydney’s oldest rock pool. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Do in Sydney: The Black Book," 5 July 2018 On the main level, at the fifth floor, is a long, central gallery that leads to a 31-by-46-foot great room at the apartment’s north end. Vivian Marino, New York Times, "A SoHo Triplex on the Market for $65 Million," 14 June 2018 It was scuttled off the north end of Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman in 2011 to create an artificial reef. Erik Heinrich, BostonGlobe.com, "Kittiwake wreck dive and Stingray City are unforgettable adventures – even if you do get bit," 16 May 2018 Media staging is outside at north end of terminal -- Pensacola Police (@PensacolaPolice) March 27, 2018 All flights in and out of PNS are currently on hold due to a security alert. Lawrence Specker, AL.com, "Pensacola airport suspends flights over 'suspicious item'," 27 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Full-year data aren’t out yet, but based on the most-recent estimates, Limra SRI expects 2018 individual annuity sales will be north of $230 billion, up from $204 billion in 2017. ... Bailey Mccann, WSJ, "What to Consider When Buying an Annuity," 3 Feb. 2019 There was no immediate word on what sparked the shootings that took place at a home and a business in Bakersfield, which is some 90 miles (145 kilometers) north of Los Angeles. Fox News, "The Latest: Friends, family shocked over California rampage," 13 Sep. 2018 Aircraft readiness rates, or the percentage of aircraft ready for deployment, should typically be north of seventy five percent, depending on type of aircraft, the complexity of the aircraft systems, and the age of the fleet. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Navy's Fighter Shortage Is Finally, Slowly Improving," 20 Aug. 2018 That's not too far north of its existing debt of $15 million. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Seeing red: Which Milwaukee suburbs are closest to their debt limits?," 11 July 2018 The standoff was sparked by an early-morning domestic disturbance at a condominium at 660 West Avenue, is north of Boston Post Road. Christine Dempsey, courant.com, "Police: Standoff With Domestic Violence Suspect Sparks Evacuation In Milford," 6 July 2018 Out there in the balmy breezes, where the average age is far north of Madison Avenue’s desirable demographics, coolness falls away, as unnecessary and cumbersome as a poolside leather jacket. Michael Ian Black, New York Times, "Cruises Are So Uncool They Are Cool," 3 July 2018 The apartments are north of West McNab Road and east of Florida’s Turnpike. Linda Trischitta, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Man's body found in pond," 2 July 2018 The shooting occurred in a residential area near the 4000 block of West Colter Street, which is north of Camelback Road, said Phoenix police Sgt. Nathan J. Fish, azcentral, "Man in critical condition after being shot by Phoenix police," 29 June 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
: regions or countries north of a certain point especially : the northern part of the U.S.

north

adverb
\ ˈnȯrth How to pronounce north (audio) \

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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