north pole

noun

1
a
often capitalized N&P : the northernmost point of the earth
broadly : the corresponding point of a celestial body (such as a planet)
b
: the zenith of the heavens as viewed from the north terrestrial pole
2
of a magnet : the pole that points toward the north when the magnet is freely suspended

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Bring the land of the Claus’s to your bedroom with a quirky north pole theme like this look from the Company Store. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, 15 Nov. 2022 When viewed from above the sun’s north pole, the solar system’s orbital plane could have started spinning either clockwise or counterclockwise. Manasee Wagh, Popular Mechanics, 15 Apr. 2022 In 2017, the magnetic north pole fell within 240 miles of the geographic north pole. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, 7 Mar. 2022 But there are no fundamental entities that have a unique magnetic charge, like a north pole or south pole by itself. Ethan Siegel, Forbes, 3 Sep. 2021 But in recent years, our north pole has been inching closer and closer to Siberia at a surprisingly rapid pace. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, 7 Mar. 2022 Eight of the largest have been spotted at the planet’s north pole and five at the southern one. Ramin Skibba, Wired, 10 Jan. 2022 In the recent photo, Saturn’s hexagonal storm on its north pole is visible. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 Nov. 2021 Bolton also says that Juno’s slowly shifting orbit is approaching an alignment with the planet’s north pole, where another giant tempest lies in wait. Katrina Miller, Scientific American, 28 Oct. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of north pole was in the 14th century

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“North pole.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/north%20pole. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

north pole

noun

1
a
often cap N&P : the northernmost point of the earth : the northern end of the earth's axis
b
: the point in the sky directly overhead at the north pole
2
: the pole of a magnet that points toward the north

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