North definition

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The point on a compass at 0° or 360°, directly opposite south.
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To, toward, of, facing, or in the north.
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Originating in or coming from the north.

A cold north wind.

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The northern part of the United States, especially the states that fought for the Union in the Civil War.
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The direction along a meridian 90° counterclockwise from east; the direction to the left of sunrise.
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The cardinal point on the mariner's compass located at 0°.
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The northern part of the earth.
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The northern part of a region or country.
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(slang) Into a better condition, as of increased value.

An investment that went steadily north until the market crash.

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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.
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A region or district in or toward this direction.
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The northern part of the earth, esp. the arctic regions.
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In, of, to, toward, or facing the north.
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From the north.

A north wind.

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Designating the northern part of a continent, country, etc.

North Atlantic.

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In or toward the north; in a northerly direction.
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(person) 2d Earl of Guilford 1732-92; Eng. statesman: prime minister of Great Britain (1770-82)
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One of the four major compass points, specifically 0°, directed toward the North Pole, and conventionally upwards on a map.

Minnesota is in the north of the USA.

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The up or positive direction.

Stock prices are heading north.

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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.

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(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).
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Of or pertaining to the north; northern.

He lived in north Germany.

She entered through the north gate.

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Toward the north; northward.
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(meteorology) Of wind, from the north.

The north wind was cold.

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Pertaining to the part of a corridor used by northbound traffic.

North highway 1

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Toward the north; northward.

Switzerland is north of Italy.

We headed north.

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(obsolete, intransitive) To turn or move toward the north.
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Rt Hon, Thorn, thorn.
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(US) The Union during the American Civil War.

The North lost most battles early in the war.

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(UK) The North of England, a cultural region.
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The northern states of the United States.
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The northern part of any region.
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An area or region lying in the north.
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In, from, or toward the north.
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(colloquial) More or greater than.

The wedding ended up costing north of $50,000.

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  • more or greater than; above
    A salary north of $40,000.
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the North
  • 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
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

the North

Origin of north

  • Middle English from Old English ner-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English, from Old English norþ, cognate with various Germanic counterparts such as Dutch noord, West Frisian noard, German Nord, Danish nord, all from a Proto-Germanic *nurþą, and cognate with Greek νέρτερος (nérteros, “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.

    From Wiktionary