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Compass rose with north highlighted and at top Look up api in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (December 2011) North is a noun, adjective, or adverb indicating direction or geography.North is one of the four cardinal directions or compass points. It is the opposite of south and is perpendicular to east and west.By convention, the top side of a map is north.To go north using a compass for navigation, set a bearing or azimuth of 0° or 360°.North is specifically the direction that, in Western culture, is treated as the fundamental direction:* North is used (explicitly or implicitly) to define all other directions.* The (visual) top edges of maps usually correspond to the northern edge of the area represented, unless explicitly stated otherwise or landmarks are considered more useful for that territory than specific directions.* On any rotating object, north denotes the side appearing to rotate counter-clockwise when viewed from afar along the axis of rotation.
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