north

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English north, from Old English norþ, cognate with various Germanic counterparts such as Dutch noord, West Frisian noard, German Nord, Danish and Norwegian nord, all from a Proto-Germanic *nurþrą, 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.

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north (countable and uncountable, plural norths)

  1. One of the four major compass points, specifically 0°, directed toward the North Pole, and conventionally upwards on a map, abbreviated as N.
    Minnesota is in the north of the USA.
  2. The up or positive direction.
    Stock prices are heading north.
  3. Above or higher
    • 1993, Tom Aldredge as Charlie Hugel, Barbarians at the Gate:
      The price you're offering had better be north of the highest price this company has ever traded for.
  4. (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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Also see Appendix:Cardinal directions for translations of all compass points

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north (not comparable)

  1. Of or pertaining to the north; northern.
    He lived in north Germany.
    She entered through the north gate.
  2. Toward the north; northward.
    • 1987, Ana María Brull Vázquez, Rosa E. Casas, Cuba, page 23:
      The most dangerous ones are those that develop during October and November and that follow a north path affecting the western part of the island.
  3. (meteorology) Of wind, from the north.
    The north wind was cold.
  4. Pertaining to the part of a corridor used by northbound traffic.
    north highway 1
    • 2001, Joseph R Miller, Pipe Tobacco and Wool:
      Traffic was doing the speed limit on North I-45 one minute and had come to a stand-still the next.
  5. (colloquial) More or greater than.
    The wedding ended up costing north of $50,000.

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north (not comparable)

  1. Toward the north; northward.
    Switzerland is north of Italy.
    We headed north.

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north (third-person singular simple present norths, present participle northing, simple past and past participle northed)

  1. (obsolete, intransitive) To turn or move toward the north.
    • 1769, Henry Wilson, William Hume, Surveying improved (page 239)
      When at B you had northed 3.71 []

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Etymology[edit]

From Old English norþ, in turn from Proto-Germanic *nurþrą.

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north

  1. north, northernness
  2. A location to the north; the north
  3. The north wind

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north

  1. north, northern
  2. At the north

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north

  1. To the north, northwards
  2. From the north
  3. In the north

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