- (n.) 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.
- (n.) Any country or region situated farther to the north than another; the northern section of a country.
- (n.) Specifically: That part of the United States lying north of Mason and Dixon's line. See under Line.
- (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.
- (v. i.) To turn or move toward the north; to veer from the east or west toward the north.
- (adv.) Northward.
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- (n.) A hard and sharp-pointed projection from a woody stem; usually, a branch so transformed; a spine.
- (n.) Any shrub or small tree which bears thorns; especially, any species of the genus Crataegus, as the hawthorn, whitethorn, cockspur thorn.
- (n.) Fig.: That which pricks or annoys as a thorn; anything troublesome; trouble; care.
- (n.) The name of the Anglo-Saxon letter /, capital form /. It was used to represent both of the sounds of English th, as in thin, then. So called because it was the initial letter of thorn, a spine.
- (v. t.) To prick, as with a thorn.