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

The Church Mouse, located just north of Worth Avenue, is 4,500 square feet of heaven. Ariel Okin, Vogue, "Here’s Why Palm Beach Has Become a Destination for Young Interior Designers," 7 Dec. 2018 The Shetlands are so far north that a 50-mile channel separates them from the other archipelago in the Northern Isles, the Orkneys. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "U.K. Maps Now Required to Give the Shetland Archipelago Some Respect," 15 Oct. 2018 Dubbed the My Favorite Series, the robust plants were touted as reliably perennial as far north as zone 3b. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow the Most Gorgeous Chrysanthemums This Fall," 9 Aug. 2018 Heavy rains even targeted places as far north as Las Vegas. Matthew Cappucci, Washington Post, "‘One of the most incredible sights’: Monster dust storm sweeps across Southern Arizona," 10 July 2018 That snail kites turned up nesting so far north in Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park – about 90 miles northwest of Orlando – has been a sensation for birdwatchers and biologists. Kevin Spear, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Florida's high waters are boon for snail kites and manatees," 6 July 2018 Events were held as far north as Jacksonville and as far south as Key Largo. Martin Vassolo, miamiherald, "'Families Belong Together:' Hundreds march in Miami against child separation," 30 June 2018 Rojo’s goal sent the tens of thousands of Argentina’s faithful who had traveled so far north into a wild, deafening celebration, a series of cheers and songs and dance that lasted well into the pale blue St. Petersburg night. Matthew Futterman And Andrew Das, New York Times, "Argentina Finds World Cup Salvation in Thriller Over Nigeria," 27 June 2018 Emerald ash borer is now found in counties bordering the Mississippi River and is as far north as Douglas County, in northwestern Wisconsin. Lee Bergquist, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Emerald ash borer continues to decimate trees 10 years after it was discovered in Wisconsin," 25 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Along this front, a small area of low pressure developed over north-central Maryland during the late afternoon. Jeff Halverson, Washington Post, "Anatomy of Tuesday’s devastating flash flood in Frederick," 16 May 2018 This minnow-imitation was designed by Keith Fulsher, a native of north-central Wisconsin. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: 13 famous Wisconsin fly patterns take center stage," 21 Apr. 2018 As much as a tenth of an inch of ice is possible across north-central and central Missouri before temperatures rise above freezing by mid-afternoon. Robert A. Cronkleton, kansascity, "Freezing rain spares KC area, light icing possible to the east," 7 Jan. 2018 In 10 majority-black zip codes on Milwaukee’s north side, Mrs. Clinton won about 24,000 fewer votes than Barack Obama did in 2012. Wayne Lawrence For The Wall Street Journal, WSJ, "For Senate Success, Democrats Must Regain Obama-Era Black Support," 25 Oct. 2018 Floodwaters from Hurricane Florence continued to overtop an earthen dike at the north side of Sutton Lake, the 1,000-acre reservoir at the L.V. Power Station near Wilmington, Duke Energy spokeswoman Paige Sheehan told The Associated Press. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "North Carolina dam at retired power plant breaches, may release coal ash into river," 21 Sep. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Other Republican incumbents in California to lose this year include Rep. Steve Knight in the 25th District, north of Los Angeles. Michael R. Blood, The Seattle Times, "Democrat Harder upsets California GOP US Rep. Denham," 14 Nov. 2018 After the Second World War, thanks to a donation from philanthropist Kate Wollman, the world’s largest outdoor skating rink was completed north of the park’s Fifty-Ninth Street lake. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "How not to cheat children: Let them build their own playgrounds," 18 July 2018 Freshwater Plaza, which features apartments and commercial buildings east of South First Street and north of East Greenfield Avenue, began opening its first phase in late 2016, with more buildings in the works. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Model railroad club still operates in a historic train station hiding in plain sight in the Harbor District," 13 July 2018 According to the report, the balloon could have taken the gun 105,000 feet up — nearly 20 miles — and then exploded somewhere out over the Atlantic Ocean, north of the Bahamas. Tonya Alanez, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Murder was elaborately staged suicide, police say," 13 July 2018 The city also needs to build rail links between lines in the north and south sections of the Boston area. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "As top innovation hub expands, can straining local infrastructure keep pace?," 6 Nov. 2018 But there are plenty of neighborhoods to the north and south that could benefit from new development and improved quality of life. Anne Kadet, WSJ, "Here’s a Possible Fix for the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway: Tear It Down," 6 Nov. 2018 As remote corners of Germany grapple with the refugee crisis, Bavaria continues to thwart refugees to the north and west. Adam H. Graham, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Perfect Long Weekend in Bavaria," 17 Sep. 2018 However, recent trends in the forecast models now indicate a rare—if not unprecedented for an Atlantic hurricane this far north and west—turn to the southwest before Florence resumes its west-northwest motion. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "The Hurricane Florence forecast has gone from bad to worse," 12 Sep. 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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