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 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, "Canada heat wave could lead to record temperatures as the southeastern US struggles to reach average summer temperatures," 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, "Mars discovery: Salt water sometimes forms on the Red Planet’s surface, scientist says," 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, "‘Quantum Atmospheres’ May Reveal Secrets of Matter," 25 Sep. 2018 Layers of ice buried a mile beneath the planet's north pole were discovered in May 2019. Fox News, "Mars’ water evaporating faster than previously thought," 14 Jan. 2020 These images of Jupiter show x-ray emission from the aurora at the north pole of the planet, a feature unique among the worlds in our solar system. Belinda J. Wilkes, Scientific American, "The Universe through X-ray Eyes," 26 Nov. 2019 The lunar south pole is especially interesting because a much larger portion of it is in shadow than the north pole, presenting a greater possibility of water. Washington Post, "India prepares to land rover on moon in global space race," 12 July 2019 In a new study, scientists say that particles of lead trapped in ice in the north pole tell the story of commercial and industrial processes dating back to the Middle Ages. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Surprising Things Arctic Ice Can Tell Us About Human History," 12 July 2019 The researchers also noted that most of Titan’s lakes circle its north pole. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Titan's New Geologic Map Shows Why It's One of the Most Exciting Moons in the Solar System," 19 Nov. 2019

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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 14 Aug. 2020.

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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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