1. Of or pertaining to the north; being in the north, or nearer to that point than to the east or west.
2. In a direction toward the north; as, to steer a northern course; coming from the north; as, a northern wind.
Northern diver. Zool. See Loon.
Northern lights. See Aurora borealis, under Aurora.
Northern spy Bot., an excellent American apple, of a yellowish color, marked with red.
adj 1: in or characteristic of a region of the United States north
of (approximately) the Mason-Dixon line; "Northern
liberals"; "northern industry"; "northern cities"
2: situated in or oriented toward the north; "the northern
suburbs"; "going in a northerly direction" [syn: northerly]
3: coming from the north; used especially of wind; "the north
wind doth blow"; "a northern snowstorm"; "the winds are
northerly" [syn: northerly]
4: situated in or coming from regions of the north; "the
northern hemisphere"; "northern autumn colors" [ant: southern]
n : a dialect of Middle English that developed into Scottish