1. That one of the four cardinal points of the compass, at any place, which lies in the direction of the true meridian, and to the left hand of a person facing the east; the direction opposite to the south.
2. Any country or region situated farther to the north than another; the northern section of a country.
3. Specifically: That part of the United States lying north of Mason and Dixon's line. See under Line.
North, a. Lying toward the north; situated at the north, or in a northern direction from the point of observation or reckoning; proceeding toward the north, or coming from the north.
North following. See Following, a., 2.
North pole, that point in the heavens, or on the earth, ninety degrees from the equator toward the north.
North preceding. See Following, a., 2.
North star, the star toward which the north pole of the earth very nearly points, and which accordingly seems fixed and immovable in the sky. The star α (alpha) of the Little Bear, is our present north star, being distant from the pole about 1° 25´, and from year to year approaching slowly nearer to it. It is called also Cynosura, polestar, and by astronomers, Polaris.
North, v. i. To turn or move toward the north; to veer from the east or west toward the north.
North, adv. Northward.
adj : situated in or facing or moving toward or coming from the
north; "artists like north light"; "the north portico"
n 1: the region of the United States lying north of the
2: the United States (especially the northern states during the
American Civil War); "he has visited every state in the
Union"; "Lee hoped to detach Maryland from the Union";
"the North's superior resources turned the scale" [syn: Union]
3: the cardinal compass point that is at 0 or 360 degrees [syn:
due north, N]
4: any region lying in or toward the north [syn: northland, septentrion]
5: the direction in which a compass needle points [syn: magnetic
north, compass north]
6: British statesman under George III whose policies led to
rebellion in the American colonies (1732-1792) [syn: Frederick
North, Second Earl of Guilford]
adv : in a northern direction; "they earn more up north"; "Let's
go north!" [syn: to the north, in the north, northerly,