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

That deal set a still-standing record for the most expensive home ever sold in Farmington, which is about 80 miles north of Greenwich, according... Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "50 Cent Sells Massive Connecticut Compound for 84% Less," 1 Apr. 2019 But the problem with the Knoxville center, which merged with a VA facility 40 miles north in Des Moines, appears unique, given the campus’ size and location in a community so small and with so few resources. Scott Mcfetridge, The Seattle Times, "Huge ghost town next door clouds Iowa city’s future," 30 Mar. 2019 Neverland Ranch is located in Southern California about five miles north of the town of Los Olivos. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Neverland Ranch Is Back on the Market, Here's Everything You Need to Know," 6 Mar. 2019 South Korean troops examining now-empty guard posts north of the border were allowed unencumbered access to the installations by North Korean soldiers, a presidential spokesman said. Andrew Jeong, WSJ, "Kim Jong Un’s Seoul Trip on Ice as Korean Detente Cools," 12 Dec. 2018 What the report North Korea’s missile base says CSIS’s report focuses on the Sakkanmol missile base, an undeclared North Korean site about 50 miles north of the inter-Korean border that houses short-range missiles. Alex Ward, Vox, "Trump insists things are going fine with North Korea. They’re not.," 12 Nov. 2018 The various divisions included teams from tennis centers, 55-and-older communities and other residential complexes throughout not only south Palm Beach County but also north Broward County. Alex Kushel, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Boynton Beach women netters shine in south county association play," 30 June 2018 He was first elected to Congress in 2012, winning a heavily GOP north Florida district. Gray Rohrer, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Adam Putnam, Ron DeSantis get ready to rumble in first major GOP debate for governor," 27 June 2018 The ceremonial event was a sign of just how fast construction is progressing on a nearly $90 million redevelopment project that will create a new downtown atmosphere along north Green Street. Tim Evans, Indianapolis Star, "Brownsburg: Vibrant new version of 'downtown' taking shape," 15 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 An eating tour starting at the building’s north end and heading south: 1. Chronicle Staff, San Francisco Chronicle, "The ultimate Ferry Building food tour: 16 things to eat and drink inside the Ferry Building," 9 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Vast glaciers, like Snæfellsjökull and Svínafellsjöku, double as the desolate winter world north of the wall. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "The Game of Thrones Filming Locations You Can Visit In Real Life," 10 Apr. 2019 Usually this would all cost north of $400, but Walmart is discounting that price down to $330. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Get the Nintendo Switch You Want and Save With Walmart's Bundle Deal," 9 Apr. 2019 Forget the Hamptons—these days, more and more New Yorkers are heading north for the summer and weekends, exploring the small towns and breathtaking natural beauty of New York's Hudson Valley. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Where to Stay in New York's Hudson Valley," 5 Apr. 2019 Bear Mountain, situated in the Hudson Valley, is about an hour drive north of the IRL Riverdale. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "Where Exactly Is "Riverdale" Located?!," 15 Jan. 2019 Chobani founder and CEO Hamdi Ulukaya took a defunct Upstate New York factory and a style of yogurt foreign to most Americans and transformed them in just a decade into a grocery industry empire with annual sales north of $1.5 billion. Jason Del Rey, Recode, "Chobani CEO Hamdi Ulukaya and Square CFO Sarah Friar are coming to Code Commerce," 16 Aug. 2018 Born in 1713, the son of an enterprising metalsmith, Diderot was brought up in Langres, a cathedral town north of Dijon, where he was educated by the Jesuits. Dan Hofstadter, WSJ, "‘Diderot’ Review: Wherever His Mind Led Him," 15 Feb. 2019 Vardø is a tiny fishing village north of the Arctic Circle with a population of just over two thousand. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Nearly a Dozen Russian Jets Practiced an Attack on a Norwegian Radar Base," 13 Feb. 2019 Pinfold is now the leader of an experiment looking for theoretical particles with single magnetic charges — a north without a south, and vice versa. Adam Hadhazy, Discover Magazine, "Scientists Hunt for A Seeming Paradox: A Magnet With Only One Pole," 13 Nov. 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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