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 The blaze is burning about 7 miles northwest of Crown King in Yavapai County, which is located about 85 miles north of Phoenix. Emily Wilder, The Arizona Republic, "Horse Fire near Prescott reaches 21% containment Monday, evacuations still in place," 20 Oct. 2020 Those on board were from dive clubs in Santa Cruz and San Jose, cities several hundred miles north of here, participating in a charter for the long holiday weekend. Washington Post, "Investigators find no definitive cause of deadly California dive boat fire that killed 34 people last year," 20 Oct. 2020 In a pair of videos uploaded to social media, several Florida Highway Patrol vehicles are seen chasing someone on a motorcycle on Florida's Turnpike in Delray Beach, 55 miles north of Miami. Fox News, "WATCH: Pulse-pounding moment Florida cops swerve to knock man off motorbike after trying to pull him over," 19 Oct. 2020 Among its members and one of the authors of the BMJ letter is Jake Suett, a 32-year-old anesthetist and intensive-care doctor in King’s Lynn, about 100 miles north of London. Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, "These Doctors Have Long-Term Covid. Now They’re Pushing for Better Care.," 19 Oct. 2020 Located about 25 miles north of Bend, this spot became popular in the 1980s and is considered the birthplace of American sport climbing, Santella says. Larry Bleiberg, USA TODAY, "Such great heights: 10 great places to learn to rock climb, from Idaho to Maine," 17 Oct. 2020 Rob Giumarra, a 47-year-old actor who lives on a horse farm 50 miles north of Jersey City, first came three years ago with a girlfriend and, now three girlfriends removed, remains a patron. Kevin Armstrong, New York Times, "‘It’s Fall! Here We Are!’ A Beloved Chocolate Shop Returns," 16 Oct. 2020 Among those experiencing new hardships is Kristin Jeffcoat, 24, who is raising three children in Camptonville, Calif., a hamlet about 80 miles north of Sacramento. Jason Deparle, Star Tribune, "Millions in U.S. have fallen into poverty as aid dried up," 15 Oct. 2020 Smaller amounts of drugs were seized at Border Patrol highway checkpoints, of which several dozen are operated within 100 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border. Anna Giaritelli, Washington Examiner, "US border agency seized more than 1M pounds of drugs in 2020," 14 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The north end of the city also has some of Peoria's most expensive homes, which can approach $1 million. Joshua Bowling, The Arizona Republic, "Peoria voters could shape the future of the city's development with Proposition 445," 21 Oct. 2020 O'Reilly, who won the 2015 World Cup with Morgan, won the WSL in 2019 with Tottenham's north London rival, Arsenal. Rob Harris, Star Tribune, "Alex Morgan leaving tea-cup celebrations to Spurs teammates," 2 Oct. 2020 The north London side fell behind at St Mary's to a Danny Ings goal in the first half with Southampton looking the more threatening side although Kane twice had the ball in the net only for both efforts to be ruled out for offside. Paul Gittings, CNN, "Son Heung-min sends out message with four goals as Spurs rout Saints," 20 Sep. 2020 But fierce opponents of the plan, including Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, believe the Alamo project still could continue if the Cenotaph is repaired in its current location at the north end of the plaza. Scott Huddleston |, ExpressNews.com, "Some call state decision on whether to move Cenotaph crucial to San Antonio’s Alamo project," 19 Sep. 2020 The north end of the property near Highway 248 would include 272 units of workforce housing. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Hideout Town Council meets to restart expansion plans before it’s too late," 5 Sep. 2020 The blast in July 2019 injured 22 people and wiped out a defunct pizza shop at the north end of the Market on University, 1041 S. University Drive. Lisa J. Huriash, sun-sentinel.com, "Gas company describes steps it took on day of Plantation mall explosion," 3 Sep. 2020 Gazmir Nuzi, 42, of Tottenham in north London, who appeared via video-link, pleaded guilty to a single charge of assisting unlawful immigration on or before Oct. 11, 2019 and April 18, 2020. Vandana Rambaran, Fox News, "British man pleads guilty to killing 39 Vietnamese immigrants found in back of refrigerated truck," 29 Aug. 2020 Gazmir Nuzi, 42, of Tottenham in north London, who appeared via video-link, pleaded guilty to a single charge of assisting unlawful immigration on or before October 11 2019 and April 18 2020. NBC News, "U.K. truck driver pleads guilty in deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants found in container," 28 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun On the north side of the Columbia River in Washington, Cape Disappointment State Park offers another great look at the treacherous coastline. oregonlive, "Visit the ‘Graveyard of the Pacific’ at the mouth of the Columbia River," 22 Oct. 2020 In late February or March of 2017, Floyd walked into Turning Point, a sprawling collection of renovated houses on Minneapolis’s historically Black north side that host a 90-day recovery program. Washington Post, "For George Floyd and Black men in recovery, ‘everything just piles up’," 22 Oct. 2020 The garden is planned for the north side of Whitnall Park Drive, west of the Education and Visitors Center. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A $2 million children's garden is being planned for Boerner Botanical Gardens," 22 Oct. 2020 On the north side of Cypress Creek at 249, the trail will link under 249 from Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve over to the parking lot behind a hotel. Alvaro Montano, Chron, "Harris County increases connectivity, flood protection by expanding greenway projects in 2021," 21 Oct. 2020 Hartman grew up poor on Minneapolis' tough north side, the son of a Russian immigrant father and Latvian mother who at age 9 began selling newspapers on downtown street corners. Jeff Baenen, Star Tribune, "Longtime Minnesota sports columnist Sid Hartman dies at 100," 18 Oct. 2020 Now the city is negotiating with Sudberry to build an indoor sports arena on vacant land on the north side of the senior center. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Oceanside seeks indoor soccer arena on park property," 18 Oct. 2020 Windsong Ranch is a 2,030-acre residential development located at 1001 Windsong Parkway South, 2½ miles west of the Dallas North Tollway, on the north side of U.S. Highway 380 in Prosper. Dallas News, "Residents find ways to thrive in uncertain times," 17 Oct. 2020 Simsbury’s only line-of-duty death occurred when Kelleher died fighting a structure fire at the Knights of Columbus Hall, on the north side of the St. Mary’s Church property on Hopmeadow Street. courant.com, "Community News For The Farmington Valley Edition," 15 Oct. 2020

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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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The first known use of north was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“North.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/north. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for north

north

adverb
How to pronounce North (audio)

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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