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 epicenter of the earthquake was in Ridgecrest, about 150 miles north of Los Angeles, the same area of the Mojave Desert where the 6.4-magnitude earthquake hit on Thursday. Matt Mcnulty, PEOPLE.com, "Kylie Jenner & More Celebs React to Southern California's Biggest Earthquake in Nearly 20 Years," 6 July 2019 Shasta County, about 250 miles north of San Francisco, is where California takes a hard right, where people wave the flag and hold their conservative ideology tight. Elliott Almond, The Mercury News, "Women’s World Cup: Hometown star stirs mixed feelings in California’s Trump country," 6 July 2019 The crash was reported around 4:15 a.m. at the intersection of Knebel and Stokes, roughly 3 miles north of Waller. Julian Gill, Houston Chronicle, "12-year-old in critical condition after being ejected from pickup during crash near Waller," 5 July 2019 The body was discovered Wednesday in Logan Canyon about 85 miles north of the city. Lindsay Whitehurst, chicagotribune.com, "Police say body of slain Utah college student recovered in canyon," 5 July 2019 At a news conference Friday afternoon, Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown said that investigators recovered Lueck’s body Wednesday in Logan Canyon, about 85 miles north of Salt Lake City. Alex Wigglesworth, latimes.com, "Mackenzie Lueck's body has been found, police say," 5 July 2019 On Thursday, the Italian humanitarian group Mediterranea Saving Humans said one of its sailboats has rescued another 54 migrants about 65 nautical miles north of Libya. NBC News, "Migrants trapped in Libya face deadly choices on land, at sea," 5 July 2019 Its epicenter was in Ridgecrest, a city of fewer than 30,000 people about 150 miles north of Los Angeles. Anya Van Wagtendonk, Vox, "More earthquakes could come, but predicting them is difficult," 4 July 2019 DeWine and his grandson, Justin Darling, and granddaughters Mary Darling and Josie DeWine were ferried a few miles north of Port Clinton on Capt. D'arcy Egan, cleveland.com, "Walleye and a surprise catch highlight Gov. Mike DeWine’s Lake Erie fishing trip," 3 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Uber and Lyft pickup and drop-off take place at the north side of East Witherspoon Avenue just to the east of the intersection with Preston Street near Waterfront Park. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Everything you need to know about the 2019 Forecastle Festival in Louisville," 3 July 2019 An early-morning shooting left a woman dead Tuesday on Indianapolis' north side, authorities said. Crystal Hill, Indianapolis Star, "Woman fatally shot on the north side early Tuesday morning," 2 July 2019 Espanola police say the 66-year-old was arrested Friday night after a collision at an intersection on the city’s north side. Washington Post, "New Mexico state senator arrested on suspicion of DWI," 1 July 2019 An Uber passenger was robbed after his vehicle was hit by two other cars on north side of the Lodge Freeway in Detroit. Dixita Limbachia, Detroit Free Press, "Uber passenger robbed after crash on Lodge Freeway in Detroit," 21 June 2019 The Chinese team was the first to successfully climb Everest's north side, which is known to be especially perilous. Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, "Shanghai: Wu Jing Unveils First Trailer for Everest Epic 'The Climbers'," 16 June 2019 Meanwhile, there has not been a closing on the sale of the McDonald’s Plaza site along the north side of 22nd Street near Spring Road, the developer’s attorney Peter Friedman said Tuesday. Chuck Fieldman, chicagotribune.com, "John Paul DeJoria paid $40 million for McDonald's campus property in Oak Brook," 12 June 2019 Completed in 1995, the concert hall sits on a flat piece of terrain alongside a library and the Kyoto Botanical Gardens in a primarily residential district on the city’s north side. Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, "Arata Isozaki's Kyoto Concert Hall shows L.A. what might have been at MOCA," 7 June 2019 And then open all the windows on the west and north side of the house. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How To Cool Down a Room (Without Blasting A/C)," 7 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The San Andreas fault is an 800-mile fault zone that cuts through much of California from the Mendocino coast in the north to the San Bernardino Mountains in the south. Anne Godlasky, USA TODAY, "No, the California earthquakes weren't along the San Andreas fault," 6 July 2019 The quiet and remote Il N'gwesi Eco-Lodge, in Laikipia in the warm and rusty-hued hills north of Lewa Conservancy, is entirely owned, managed and staffed by Il N'gwesi Maasai. Mary Ann Anderson, Dallas News, "Kenya's star beds offer a feast for the senses," 2 July 2019 In the north, look for the Big Dipper hanging from its handle in the northwest, along with the fainter Little Dipper standing on its handle. Mike Lynch, Twin Cities, "Sky Watch: Time to look for rings and the Red Spot as Saturn joins Jupiter," 30 June 2019 Led by hipster favourite Brighton, Plymouth and Bournemouth, six of the top ten lie on England's south coast – though three beach resorts in the north also make the list, as does Swansea in Wales. Nick Levine, refinery29.com, "These Are The UK's Most Instagrammed Beach Towns," 29 June 2019 While temperatures in Europe are nowhere near as hot as India’s current month-long heat wave—temperatures on the Asian subcontinent have reached 123°F (51°C)—most Europeans, particularly in the north, are unused to anything over 85°F. Stephen Leahy, National Geographic, "Europe has had five 500-year summers in 15 years. And now this," 28 June 2019 Another potential incoming in north London is French defender Saliba, who ESPN claim has agreed personal terms with Arsenal over a £23m deal. SI.com, "Arsenal Tried to Sell Shkodran Mustafi 'Every Window' as Gunners Look for Defensive Upgrades," 27 June 2019 Like Carpenter’s masterpiece, Plunge concerns supernatural events in the frozen north. Christian Holub, EW.com, "Exclusive: Joe Hill is writing and overseeing a new line of DC horror comics," 26 June 2019 The three siblings grew up in Amiens, the staid capital of the Somme department, in the north of France. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, "Can Emmanuel Macron Stem the Populist Tide?," 24 June 2019

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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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