north pole


Definition of north pole

1a 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

Examples of north pole in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Juno already had a brief look at Ganymede, returning the first-ever images of its north pole after a flyby on December 26, 2019. Jamie Carter, Forbes, 8 June 2021 The snapshot was taken near the north pole of Mars, which is an area known to be covered in ice. Mike Wehner, BGR, 8 Apr. 2021 But InSight builds on technology used in NASA's Phoenix lander mission, which confirmed the presence of subsurface water ice near the Martian north pole in 2008. Mike Wall, Scientific American, 21 Aug. 2012 On Saturn there exists a persistent hexagonal cloud pattern around the planet’s north pole. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, 3 Dec. 2020 The planned sample collection area, dubbed Nightingale, is a rugged 66-foot-wide crater near Bennu’s north pole. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, 19 Oct. 2020 The summer heat will be combined with the most intense sunshine of the year as the Earth's north pole is at its maximum tilt toward the sun. Derek Van Dam, CNN, 18 June 2020 Last year, in another project, scientists announced the discovery of layers of ice buried a mile beneath Mars’ north pole that could help unlock the Red Planet’s history. Fox News, 14 Feb. 2020 Some materials, for example, harbor objects that act as magnetic monopoles — point-like magnets with a north pole but no south pole. Quanta Magazine, 25 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of north pole

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

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“North pole.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.

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Kids Definition of north pole

1 often capitalized N&P : the most northern point of the earth : the northern end of the earth's axis
2 : the end of a magnet that points toward the north when the magnet is free to swing

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