South definition

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In, from, or toward the south.
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The direction to the left of a person facing the sunset; direction of the South Pole from any other point on the earth's surface.
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The point on a compass at 180°, directly opposite north.
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A region or district in or toward this direction.
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The southern part of the earth, esp. the antarctic regions.
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In or toward the south; in a southerly direction.
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An area or region lying in the south.
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To, toward, of, facing, or in the south.
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(slang) Into a worse or inferior condition, as of decreased value.

A stock that went south shortly after he bought it.

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From the south.

A south wind.

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

South Asia.

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In, of, to, toward, or facing the south.
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The southern part of the United States, especially the states that fought for the Confederacy in the Civil War.
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The direction along a meridian 90° clockwise from east; the direction to the right of sunrise.
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The southern part of the earth.
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The set of developing nations of the world, largely located to the south of the developed nations of the Northern Hemisphere.
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The southern part of a region or country.
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Originating in or coming from the south.

A hot south wind.

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One of the four major compass points, specifically 180°, directed toward the South Pole, and conventionally downwards on a map.
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Toward the south; southward.
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(meteorology) Of wind, from the south.
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Of or pertaining to the south; southern.
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Pertaining to the part of a corridor used by southbound traffic.

South highway 1

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Toward the south; southward.
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Downward.
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In an adverse direction or trend.
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(meteorology) Of wind, from the south.
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To turn or move toward the south; to veer toward the south.
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(astronomy) To come to the meridian; to cross the north and south line.

The moon souths at nine.

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(US) Those states which formed the Confederacy during the American Civil War.
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(US) The south-eastern states of the United States, including more or less the same states as formed the Confederacy.
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The southern part of any region.
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The cardinal point on the mariner's compass 180° clockwise from due north and directly opposite north.
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go south
  • to decline, deteriorate, fail, etc.
    Stock prices went south.
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south of
  • fewer or less than; below
    A salary south of $90,000.
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the South
  • that part of the U.S. which is bounded on the north by the S border of Pa., the Ohio River, and the E and N borders of Mo.; specif., in the Civil War, the Confederacy
  • the Southern Hemisphere, esp. as the region comprising the majority of the poor, underdeveloped nations on earth
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Other Word Forms

Adjective

Base Form:
south
Comparative:
souther

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

south of
the South

Origin of south

  • Middle English from Old English sūth sāwel- in Indo-European roots

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

  • From Middle English, from Old English sūþ, from Proto-Germanic *sunþaz. Compare West Frisian súd, Dutch zuid, German Süd, Danish syd.

    From Wiktionary