north

1 of 3

adverb

: to, toward, or in the north

see also north of

north

2 of 3

adjective

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

north

3 of 3

noun

1
a
: the direction of the north terrestrial pole : the direction to the left of one facing east
b
: the compass point directly opposite to south
2
capitalized
a
: regions or countries lying to the north of a specified or implied point of orientation
b
: the industrially and economically developed nations of the world compare south sense 5
3
often capitalized
a
: the one of four positions at 90-degree intervals that lies to the north or at the top of a diagram
b
: a person occupying this position in the course of a specified activity (such as the game of bridge)

Examples of north in a Sentence

Adverb Turn north onto Elm Street. It's a few miles north of here. The bird is found as far north as Canada. Noun The wind is coming from the north. The birds migrate from the North. Parts of the North were hit hard by the storm. I grew up in the North. The American Civil War was between the North and the South. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Adverb
Farther north, in Boston, rain will fall between 3 a.m. and noon. Kenton Gewecke, ABC News, 24 Nov. 2023 Farther north, a stretch of California’s iconic Highway 1 remains closed 10 months after it was battered by winter storms, The Times’ Thomas Curwen reports. Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times, 21 Nov. 2023 Visitors pay homage to Kabir at a shrine in the holy city of Varanasi, where the poet grew up, and also at a tomb a few hours north in Maghar, said to hold the remains of the poet. Kalpana Jain, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 Nov. 2023 Further north along the coast, stay at the sprawling Santa Maria, a Luxury Collection Hotel & Golf Resort, for a round at its 72-par Jack Nicklaus golf course, backed by the Panama City skyline—or time your visit for January to catch the first-ever 2024 Latin American Amateur Golf Championships. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, 15 Nov. 2023 DeepMind’s own experimental software had made a very specific prognosis of landfall much farther north. WIRED, 14 Nov. 2023 There is no video from major intersections, such as the highway and Lahaina Road, as well as others farther north. Kim Bellware, Washington Post, 12 Nov. 2023 Distribution and Habitat Sailfish are one of the most abundant billfish in the U.S., and though they can be caught as far north as Cape Cod, Florida is hailed as the sailfish capital of the States. Joe Cermele, Field & Stream, 9 Nov. 2023 If this happens at a larger scale, southern boreal forest boundaries will thin and degrade, thereby retreating farther north, where temperatures are still suitable. David J. Cooper, The Conversation, 3 Nov. 2023
Adjective
Focus areas for Safe Zone will be on Detroit’s north and south sides spanning from Curtis Avenue to Schoolcraft Road, and east and west orders from Wyoming Avenue to Hubbell Street. Detroit Free Press, 26 Aug. 2023 Currie Commons is a 187-unit complex under construction in the Harrison neighborhood of north Minneapolis, where the poverty rate exceeds 30%. Mark Niquette and Augusta Saraiva, Anchorage Daily News, 12 Aug. 2023 Storms on Tuesday afternoon took down a lot of trees and caused other wind damage in north Alabama. Leigh Morgan, al, 19 July 2023 Six minutes later, San Diego Police and California Highway Patrol received calls about a rollover crash involving a white convertible on north Interstate 805 at Clairemont Mesa Boulevard, police said. Caleb Lunetta, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 July 2023 In a moment, the Pacific Plate shifted north by an average of 15 feet relative to its North American partner. WIRED, 15 June 2023 Some north Alabama counties have been dropped from the watch, but others have been added to the south: Storms overnight could be packing damaging wind gusts and hail, forecasters said. Leigh Morgan, al, 11 June 2023 Lake Como, an upside-down Y set in the Alpine foothills of north Lombardy, is Italy’s deepest body of water and its third largest. Richard Godwin, Travel + Leisure, 5 June 2023 With the exception of the far north part of the state, most of Arkansas is at a slight risk for severe weather, the weather service said. Remington Miller, Arkansas Online, 17 May 2023
Noun
But the fact that the pay for this work is incredibly low compared to the wages of in-house employees of the tech companies, and that the benefits of the work flow one way—from the global south to the global north, leads to uncomfortable parallels. WIRED, 15 Nov. 2023 The small city is close to Honduras’ border with Guatemala, which makes up a major part of the cocaine smuggling route from south to north and the Valles’ former domain. Deborah Bonello, Los Angeles Times, 14 Nov. 2023 However, Israel has only agreed to brief daily periods during which civilians can flee the area of ground combat in northern Gaza and head south on foot along the territory’s main north-south artery. TIME, 11 Nov. 2023 This time, the $460,000 sale of his North Carolina home wasn’t enough to buy up north. Byalena Botros, Fortune, 4 Nov. 2023 Will trees in the far north ever catch up with climate and prevent forest contraction? David J. Cooper, The Conversation, 3 Nov. 2023 In a press release, the Spokane Police Department said that officers were notified of an animal attack in a north Spokane home at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Sarah Rumpf-Whitten, Fox News, 2 Nov. 2023 And then there are the Israeli airstrikes, thousands and thousands of them, which rain down day and night, from north to south, on Hamas tunnels and hideouts, but also on homes, schools and places of worship. Hajar Harb, Washington Post, 2 Nov. 2023 These forts appeared to form a defensive wall that ran from north to south along an eastern boundary of the empire. Julia Binswanger, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Adverb

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German nord north and perhaps to Greek nerteros lower, infernal

First Known Use

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

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

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of north was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“North.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/north. Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition

north

1 of 3 adverb
: to or toward the north

north

2 of 3 adjective
1
: placed or lying toward or at the north
the north entrance
2
: coming from the north
a north wind

north

3 of 3 noun
1
a
: the direction to the left of one facing east
b
: the compass point opposite to south
2
capitalized : regions or countries north of a point that is mentioned or understood

Biographical Definition

North 1 of 3

biographical name (1)

Douglass Cecil 1920–2015 American economist

North

2 of 3

biographical name (2)

Frederick 1732–1792 Lord North English statesman; prime minister (1770–82)

North

3 of 3

biographical name (3)

Sir Thomas 1535–?1603 English translator

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