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Definition of north noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    [uncountable, singular] (abbreviation N., N, No.)
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  1. 1(also the north) the direction that is on your left when you watch the sun rise; one of the four main points of the compass Which way is north? cold winds coming from the north Mount Kenya is to the north of (= further north than) Nairobi. compare east, south, west see also magnetic north, true north
  2. 2the north the northern part of a country, a region, or the world birds migrating from the north The temperature is much warmer in the north (= of the state) than in the south.
  3. 3the North the northeastern states of the U.S. that fought against the South in the American Civil War
  4. 4the North the richer and more developed countries of the world, especially in N. America and Europe
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