Definition for SOUTH

SOUTH, n. [Sax. suth; G. sud; D. zuid; Dan. sud; Sw. söder; Fr. sud; Arm. su.]

  1. The north and south are opposite points in the horizon; each ninety degrees or the quarter of a great circle distant from the east and west. A man standing with his face toward the east or rising sun, has the south on his right hand. The meridian of every place is a great circle passing through the north and south points. Strictly, south is the horizontal point in the meridian of a place, on the right hand of a person standing with his face toward the east. But the word is applied to any point in the meridian, between the horizon and the zenith.
  2. In a less exact sense, any point or place on the earth or in the heavens, which is near the meridian toward the right hand as one faces the east.
  3. A southern region, country or place; as, the queen of the south, in Scripture. So in Europe, the people of Spain and Italy are spoken of as living in the south. In the United States, we speak of the states of the south, end of the north.
  4. The wind that blows from the south. [Not used.] – Shak.

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