- the direction to the right of a person facing the sunset; direction of the North Pole from any other point on the earth's surface: the needle of a magnetic compass points to the magnetic north pole rather than to the geographic pole
- the point on a compass at 0° or 360°, directly opposite south
- a region or district in or toward this direction
- [oftenN-] the northern part of the earth, esp. the arctic regions
Origin of northMiddle English from OE, akin to Dutch noord, German nord, Old Norse northr from Indo-European base an unverified form ner-, beneath, below from source Classical Greek nerteros, lower
- in, of, to, toward, or facing the north
- from the north: a north wind
- [N-] designating the northern part of a continent, country, etc.: North Atlantic
Origin of northfig. use, from the traditionally “higher” position of north on a map or globe
- that part of the U.S. which is bounded on the south by Md., the Ohio River, and Mo.; specif., the states opposed to the Confederacy in the Civil War
- the Northern Hemisphere, esp. as the region comprising the majority of the world's affluent, industrialized nations
- Abbr. N a. The direction along a meridian 90° counterclockwise from east; the direction to the left of sunrise.b. The cardinal point on the mariner's compass located at 0°.
- An area or region lying in the north.
- often North a. The northern part of the earth.b. The northern part of a region or country.
- North The northern part of the United States, especially the states that fought for the Union in the Civil War.
- The side of a church which is to the left as one faces the altar. Also called liturgical north .
- To, toward, of, facing, or in the north.
- Originating in or coming from the north: a cold north wind.
- In, from, or toward the north.
- Slang Into a better condition, as of increased value: an investment that went steadily north until the market crash.
Origin of northMiddle English from Old English; see ner-1 in Indo-European roots.
- One of the four major compass points, specifically 0Â°, directed toward the North Pole, and conventionally upwards on a map.
- Minnesota is in the north of the USA.
- The up or positive direction.
- Stock prices are heading north.
- Above or higher
- The price you're offering had better be north of the highest price this company has ever traded for. - Tom Aldredge in the movie Barbarians at the Gate
- (physics) The positive or north pole of a magnet, which seeks the magnetic pole near Earth's geographic North Pole (which, for its magnetic properties, is a south pole).
- Of or pertaining to the north; northern.
- He lived in north Germany.
- She entered through the north gate.
- Toward the north; northward.
- (meteorology) Of wind, from the north.
- The north wind was cold.
- Pertaining to the part of a corridor used by northbound traffic.
- north highway 1
- (colloquial) More or greater than.
- The wedding ended up costing north of $50,000.
- Toward the north; northward.
- Switzerland is north of Italy.
- We headed north.
(third-person singular simple present norths, present participle northing, simple past and past participle northed)
- (obsolete, intransitive) To turn or move toward the north.
From Middle English, from Old English norÃ¾, cognate with various Germanic counterparts such as Dutch noord, West Frisian noard, German Nord, Danish nord, all from a Proto-Germanic *nurÃ¾Ä…, and cognate with Greek Î½ÎÏÏ„ÎµÏÎ¿Ï‚ (nÃ©rteros, “infernal, lower") possibly all ultimately from a Proto-Indo-European *ner- (“left, below"), as north is to the left when one faces the rising sun.