northern hemisphere


variants or Northern Hemisphere
: the half of the earth that lies north of the equator

Examples of northern hemisphere in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Our solar system neighbors line up particularly well around 8 p.m. ET before sinking beneath the horizon closer to midnight. Dec. 21: Winter Solstice Dec. 21 marks the first day of winter for those in the northern hemisphere. Stephanie Vermillion, Travel + Leisure, 1 Dec. 2023 In the last solar cycle, for example, the polarity of the sun’s northern hemisphere started to reverse in early June 2012 and then wavered around the neutral point until late 2014, even though the southern hemisphere transitioned smoothly to the opposite polarity in mid-2013. Meghan Bartels, Scientific American, 20 Oct. 2023 The southern hemisphere, which has seasons opposite ours, didn’t see big surges in COVID during their winter, Osterholm says, which bodes well for winter in the northern hemisphere. Erin Prater, Fortune Well, 11 Aug. 2023 The most dramatic takeaway from the video is the outsized role the northern hemisphere plays in the global spread of greenhouse gasses, compared to the far less blameworthy south. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, 29 June 2023 In fact, there was virtually no flu season in the northern hemisphere. Katie Liu, Discover Magazine, 16 Nov. 2023 The Orion Nebula is a region of star formation 1,350 light-years from Earth, located in the belt of the northern hemisphere constellation of Orion. Jonathan O’Callaghan, New York Times, 2 Oct. 2023 Tight global market The closure of Tamar comes just as countries in the northern hemisphere head toward winter, when demand for natural gas to heat homes increases. Anna Cooban, CNN, 10 Oct. 2023 The number of foreign travelers arriving in Mexico during August, high-season for summer holidays in the northern hemisphere, dropped 1.5% compared to the previous year, the first annual contraction since March 2021, the national statistics institute INEGI said Tuesday. Bymaya Averbuch, Fortune, 10 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1646, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of northern hemisphere was in 1646

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“Northern hemisphere.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

northern hemisphere

often capitalized N&H
: the half of the earth that lies north of the equator
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