south

adverb
\ ˈsau̇th How to pronounce south (audio) \

Definition of south

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : to, toward, or in the south a house facing south
2 : into a state of decline or ruin causes the sluggish economy to go south— G. F. Will

south

adjective

Definition of south (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : situated toward or at the south the south entrance
2 : coming from the south a south wind

south

noun

Definition of south (Entry 3 of 4)

1a : the direction of the south terrestrial pole : the direction to the right of one facing east
b : the compass point directly opposite to north
2 capitalized : regions or countries lying to the south of a specified or implied point of orientation especially : the southeastern part of the U.S.
3 : the right side of a church looking toward the altar from the nave

4 often capitalized

a : the one of four positions at 90-degree intervals that lies to the south or at the bottom of a diagram
b : a person (such as a bridge player) occupying this position in the course of a specified activity specifically : the declarer in bridge
5 often capitalized : the developing nations of the world : third world sense 1 — compare north sense 2b

South

biographical name
\ ˈsau̇th How to pronounce South (audio) \

Definition of South (Entry 4 of 4)

Robert 1634–1716 English clergyman

Examples of south in a Sentence

Adverb

Turn south onto Elm Street. It's a mile south of here. The birds fly south in the winter. The company's profits have gone south in recent months. The TV show's ratings have been heading south.

Noun

The wind blew from the south. The birds migrate from the South. Parts of the South were hit hard by the storm. I grew up in the South. The American Civil War was between the North and the South.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Lake Shafer, which is home to the boardwalk, and Lake Freeman, located just south, are connected by the Tippecanoe River. Kellie Hwang, Indianapolis Star, "You can get to these 10 unique road trip destinations from Indy in 5 hours or less," 3 July 2019 The heart of the installation is the Bedford-Atlantic Street retail district, just south of Latham Park. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "Hey, doubters, there’s been a real 'Space Invasion!’ in downtown Stamford," 3 July 2019 In Minnesota, a limited number of parking spots are available at the new Minnesota Upper Loop Trail parking lot on the east side of Minnesota 95, just south of downtown Stillwater. Mary Divine, Twin Cities, "Reminder: No stopping, parking for Stillwater fireworks on St. Croix River bridge," 2 July 2019 With the latest buy, the Jones family's Blue Star Land now owns 100 acres on the east side of the Dallas North Tollway at Rock Hill Road, just south of U.S. Highway 380. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Jerry Jones' Blue Star Land adds to its Frisco property holdings," 1 July 2019 The new $6 million center opened last week in the park’s Old Man’s Cave area, off Ohio 664, just south of Logan. Susan Glaser, cleveland.com, "New Hocking Hills’ visitors center opens, state park lodge now in design phase," 30 June 2019 After two hours and 40 minutes, when the dreamers promised the high-speed train would be in Los Angeles, the slow speed train is only just south of Stockton. Carl Nolte, SFChronicle.com, "Who needs high-speed rail? California already has a slow train to nowhere," 29 June 2019 Wellspring Upholstery, just south of Amherst, hires formerly incarcerated and low-income people and pays $13 to $25 an hour, according to Mr. Cliche’s article. Mariel Padilla, New York Times, "Student Journalist Uncovers High School’s Use of Prison Labor," 28 June 2019 Wellspring Upholstery, just south of Amherst, hires formerly incarcerated and low-income people and pays $25 an hour, according to Cliche’s article. Mariel Padilla, BostonGlobe.com, "Student journalist in Amherst uncovers high school’s use of prison labor," 28 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Even at seven in the morning, the south Florida heat and humidity is stifling. Eric Adams, WIRED, "The Pirouetting S-97 Raider Makes Your Helicopter Look Lazy," 5 July 2019 While not the headline-grabbing name of a Maguire or Umtiti, Nathan Ake has quietly been going about his business on the south coast undetected. SI.com, "5 Harry Maguire Equivalents From Around Europe Who Would Cost Far Less Than the Leicester Man," 3 July 2019 This is what people call cold cells with concrete floors, or the mobile-mini [detention sites] that are littered around the hinterlands of south and central Texas. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "Children Remain in Dangerous Conditions on the Texas Border," 25 June 2019 The Everglades is a diverse wetland ecosystem that stretches for two million acres across central and south Florida. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "A Large Fire Is Raging Through the Everglades," 25 June 2019 The site will serve the Hindu community throughout central and south Alabama. USA TODAY, "Pride pickup, sphinx on move, Tony Stark’s cabin: News from around our 50 states," 13 June 2019 The National Weather Service issued a flood watch for portions of central and south central Colorado, including the central and southern San Luis Valley, the upper Rio Grande Valley, the La Garita Mountains and the Eastern San Juan Mountains. Carina Julig, The Denver Post, "Flood risks bring warnings for those living, playing near rivers in southwestern Colorado," 10 June 2019 Others are in Dallas-Fort Worth area, Chicago, central Pennsylvania, Atlanta and south and central Florida, said a person familiar with the deal who asked not to be identified because the information isn’t public. latimes.com, "Blackstone bets big on Amazon, e-commerce with $18.7-billion acquisition," 3 June 2019 Most of the tornadoes swept the central and south central U.S., spawned by severe thunderstorms. Erin Ailworth, WSJ, "May Was Among the Worst-Ever Months for Tornadoes," 31 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Simone Tilmes at the US National Centre for Atmospheric Research calculates that injections of SO2 at 15° and 30° north and south of the equator would produce a reasonably uniform global cooling. The Economist, "Reaching for the sunshade: July 2030," 4 July 2019 East of Moab, north of Telluride, west of Aspen, and south of Grand Junction lies Gateway, Colo., a place where the majestic red canyons formed by the Dolores River wind toward the Colorado border with Utah. Kelli Williams, The Denver Post, "LIV Sotheby’s International Realty lists iconic Western property for $279 million," 3 July 2019 The couple then headed to the Château de Tourreau, an estate in the south of France, with their guests for the wedding reception. Tara Edwards, refinery29.com, "Sophie Turner & Joe Jonas Tied The Knot (Again) At Their Second Wedding In France," 30 June 2019 The superstar newlyweds, who were first married by an Elvis impersonator following the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on May 1, opted for a more formal setting at Chateau de Tourreau in the south of France for their second time around. Mitchell Peters, Billboard, "Diplo, Maisie Williams Share Photos from Joe Jonas & Sophie Turner's Second Wedding in France," 30 June 2019 The couple, who married in a civil ceremony on June 1 in Monaco, held their second religious ceremony at the Abbaye Sainte-Marie de Pierredon outside St. Remy de Provence in the south of France, sources tell PEOPLE. Peter Mikelbank, PEOPLE.com, "Royal Wedding Take 2! Princess Grace's Granddaughter Charlotte Casiraghi Weds in Second Ceremony," 29 June 2019 The Royal Barbados Police Force said Thursday that authorities had searched without success as far as the north and south ends of the island. Taylor Romine And Ray Sanchez, CNN, "Relatives desperately search for answers after Americans go missing on Barbados Jet Ski ride," 28 June 2019 Some districts stretch 100 miles or more east and west, or north and south. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Hopkins International Airport receives more than $20 million in grants: The Wake Up for Friday, June 28, 2019," 28 June 2019 That would be on top of the existing $1.33 per-pack tax, bringing Oregon’s total in line with its neighbors to the north and south. oregonlive.com, "Oregon tobacco tax: On track or a bridge too far?," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of south

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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 south

Adverb

Middle English, from Old English sūth; akin to Old High German sund- south and probably to Old English sunne sun

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south

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of south

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: to or toward the south
US, informal : into a worse state or condition

south

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of south (Entry 2 of 3)

: located in or toward the south
: coming from the south

south

noun

English Language Learners Definition of south (Entry 3 of 3)

: the direction that is to your right when you are facing the rising sun : the direction that is the opposite of north
: regions or countries south of a certain point especially : the southern part of the U.S.

south

adverb
\ ˈsau̇th How to pronounce south (audio) \

Kids Definition of south

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: to or toward the south The cabin faces south.

south

adjective

Kids Definition of south (Entry 2 of 3)

: placed toward, facing, or coming from the south a south wind

south

noun

Kids Definition of south (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : the direction to the right of someone facing east : the compass point opposite to north
2 capitalized : regions or countries south of a point that is mentioned or understood

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