• A Cliff-dwelling of North America
    A Cliff-dwelling of North America
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj north situated in or facing or moving toward or coming from the north "artists like north light","the north portico"
    • adv north in a northern direction "they earn more up north","Let's go north!"
    • n north a location in the northern part of a country, region, or city
    • n North 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"
    • n North the region of the United States lying to the north of the Mason-Dixon line
    • n North British statesman under George III whose policies led to rebellion in the American colonies (1732-1792)
    • n north the cardinal compass point that is at 0 or 360 degrees
    • n north the direction in which a compass needle points
    • n north the direction corresponding to the northward cardinal compass point
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Andrée's Departure for the North Pole Andrée's Departure for the North Pole
North American Great Peacock North American Great Peacock
The north wind doth blow The north wind doth blow
The North Star The North Star
BALD CYPRESS DRAPED WITH SPANISH "MOSS." This tree is almost entirely hidden by this "moss," which is really a flowering plant of the Pineapple family. Range: In swamps and along rivers from Delaware to Florida, west to Texas, north to Missouri and southern Indiana. Photograph by G. Clyde Fisher BALD CYPRESS DRAPED WITH SPANISH "MOSS." This tree is almost entirely hidden by this "moss," which is really a...
GREAT HORNED OWL Rabbits constitute a favorite food when available. Poultry and other birds are also destroyed by this owl. Range: Eastern North America GREAT HORNED OWL Rabbits constitute a favorite food when available. Poultry and other birds are also destroyed by...
DUCK HAWKS ON THE PALISADES OF THE HUDSON The "Noble Peregrine" of falconry carrying a pigeon to its young. Range: North and South America. Habitat Group in The American Museum of Natural History DUCK HAWKS ON THE PALISADES OF THE HUDSON The "Noble Peregrine" of falconry carrying a pigeon to its young. Range:...

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In North America there are approximately 618 roller coasters
    • North Any country or region situated farther to the north than another; the northern section of a country.
    • a North 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.
    • adv North Northward.
    • North Specifically: That part of the United States lying north of Mason and Dixon's line. See under Line.
    • North 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.
    • v. i North To turn or move toward the north; to veer from the east or west toward the north.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28%. Percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%
    • n north That one of the cardinal points which is on the right hand when one faces in the direction of the setting sun (west); that intersection of the horizon with the meridian which is on the right hand when one is in this position.
    • n north A region, tract, or country, or a part of such, lying toward the north pole from some other region or point of reckoning.
    • n north Specifically With the definite article: In United States history and politics, those States and Territories which lie north of Maryland, the Ohio river, and Missouri.
    • n north The north wind.
    • n north Eccles., the side of a church that is on the left hand of one who faces the altar or high altar. See east, 1.
    • north Being in the north; northern.
    • north Eccles., situated at or near that side of a church which is to the left of one facing the altar or high altar. Abbreviated N.
    • north To the north; in the north.
    • north Nautical, to move or veer toward the north.
    • north An abbreviation of northern.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: For 186 days you can not see the sun in the North Pole.
    • n North north the point opposite the sun at noon: one of the four cardinal points of the horizon: the side of a church to the left of one facing the principal altar: that portion of the United States north of the former slave-holding states—i.e. north of Maryland, the Ohio, and Missouri
    • adv North to or in the north
    • adj North belonging to or from the north-east
    • adv North toward or from the north
    • n North an inhabitant of the north
    • adv North toward the north—also North′wards
    • adj North pertaining to or from the north-west
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  • Philip Guedalla
    Philip Guedalla
    “Biography is a very definite region bounded on the north by history, on the south by fiction, on the east by obituary, and on the west by tedium.”
  • Wallace Stevens
    “Civilization must be destroyed. The hairy saints of the North have earned this crumb by their complaints.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “Send danger from the east unto the west, so honor cross it from the north to south.”
  • Vicki Baum
    Vicki Baum
    “Fame always brings loneliness. Success is as ice cold and lonely as the North Pole.”
  • Benjamin Disraeli
    “News is that which comes from the North, East, West and South, and if it comes from only one point on the compass, then it is a class ; publication and not news.”
  • Vicki Baum
    Vicki Baum
    “Success is as ice cold and lonely as the North Pole.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. norð,; akin to D. noord, G., Sw., & Dan. nord, Icel. norðr,. Cf. Norman Norse


In literature:

It was now possible to start for the north-north-east.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
The war unites the North and the South as they have not been for thirty years.
"The American Missionary - Volume 52, No. 2, June, 1898" by Various
Rare migrant; breeds far north; range, all of North America.
"Birds of the Rockies" by Leander Sylvester Keyser
A five-mile sail, and they were threading their way through narrow, winding Fox Island Thoroughfare, to the wharf at North Haven.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
A spur of the hill runs off on my right three-fourths of a mile to the north.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
During this year Sir John Ross sailed north to discover a northwest passage.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
A further outgrowth of the needs of the continental government was the Bank of North America, which was authorized by congress on May 26, 1781.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3" by Various
Second in magnificence among the park valleys is Hetch Hetchy, the Yosemite of the north.
"The Book of the National Parks" by Robert Sterling Yard
But this statement fails to give a true idea of the value of North America and the West Indies to the mother country.
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
There was danger, it seemed, in the north.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea

In poetry:

And, North and South and East and West,
The pride of every zone,
The fairest, rarest, and the best
May all be made our own.
"Garden" by John Greenleaf Whittier
When hills and plains are powdered white,
And bitter cold the north wind blows,
Upon my window in the night
A fairy-garden grows.
"The Shepherd Wind" by Virna Sheard
"Men of the North! your weak regret
Is wasted here; arise and pay
To freedom and to him your debt,
By following where he led the way!"
"Rantoul" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Till all the people of the earth,
From north to south, from east to west,
Hear tidings of the Saviour's birth,
And bow unto his great behest.
"Christmas Hymn" by James Monroe Whitfield
"We been harpers," sayd Alder yonge,
"Come out of the northe countree;
We been come hither untill this place,
This proud weddinge for to see."
"King Estmere" by Anonymous British
No sign that fragrant violets burn
To burst the ground and quicken forth;
No sign that swallow flights return,
To gladden all the serious north.
"Echoes Of Spring" by Mathilde Blind

In news:

The best paddlers in North America have come to North Carolina hoping win a ticket to London and a chance at an Olympic gold medal.
The Big Book of North Carolina Barbecue By John Shelton Reed and Dale Volberg Reed with William McKinney University of North Carolina Press 316 pages $30.
North-Eastern Pennsylvania Telephone Co mpany More than 100 years old, the North-Eastern Pennsylvania Telephone Co mpany has about 11,000 subscribers in the Susquehanna, Wayne and Lackawanna counties of Pennsylvania.
In this photo from April, a soldier stands guard at North Korea's Sohae Satellite Station in Tongchang-ri, North Korea.
North Carolina News Yes, Virginia, North Carolina is a total tossup too for president: New Elon University Poll.
Korn's new round of North American shows begins in the Great White North on June 15 and carries through the rest of the month.
Idaho State Police say 39-year-old Justin Sanderson was traveling north on US Highway 93 north of Hollister Sunday morning.
North Oconee quarterback Nick Colvin (12) throws a pass during the high school football game between the Jackson County Panthers and and the North Oconee Titans in Jefferson.
Paul Hardin, a North Carolina native who has developed a tough reputation in managing athletics at the college level, was unanimously elected today as the new chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
NORTH NAPLES — Homer Helter's Military and Antique Mall on Shirley Street in North Naples has been more than a daily gathering place for veterans to swap war stories, federal prosecutors say.
NORTH LIBERTY — Anthony Hubbard and the rest of his Coach's Corner/Two Rivers Bank & Trust teammates were putting on a bit of a show near the end of halftime of Sunday's Prime Time League opener at the North Liberty Community Center.
A massive indoor water tank for filmmakers to shoot underwater shots, said to be among only three in North America, will become part of a North Carolina studio that also will soon include the largest sound stage built east of California.
FAIRBANKS — A lady from North Pole called to say that she went to the North Pole Dumpsters on Memorial Day and was upset to see that someone had tossed a worn out American flag into a Dumpster.
The North Kitsap Vikings came back from a five-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat Yelm Saturday at the North Kitsap Stadium.
Road is closed off and you won't be able to leave North Elementary to the north.

In science:

North by Aussel et al. (1999), overimposed on the HST image.
High-Redshift Galaxies: The Far-Infrared and Sub-Millimeter View
This corresponds to the stereographic pro jection onto the complex plane C from the north pole of the sphere.
Smooth Loops, Generalized Coherent States and Geometric Phases
The connection between the position of the rightmost particle and the boundary of the north polar zone described above imply that the limiting boundary of the north polar zone must be the curve (0, 1 − q ] ∋ t → (t, β (t, q)) = (xI , yI ) in CS-I.
Non-intersecting Paths, Random Tilings and Random Matrices
For these forcing frequencies, however, the isovelocity contours north of the center exhibit a twist that is not observed (see Fig. 1; Meurer et al. 1996).
On the Spiral Structure of NGC 2915 and Dark Matter
This point is the north pole in the example below.
Random matrix theory and symmetric spaces