Definition of “cardinal point” - English Dictionary

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“cardinal point” in British English

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cardinal pointnoun [ C ]

uk /ˌkɑː.dɪ.nəl ˈpɔɪnt/ us /ˌkɑːr.dɪ.nəl ˈpɔɪnt/ also cardinal direction

Examples from literature

  • In the long-continued darkness they had lost all knowledge of the cardinal points. 
  • It was laid out with its corners facing the cardinal points of the compass, and with its streets running at right angles to each of its four sides, so that no street would be swept by the wind. 
  • The light appears in the East, and thus defines that cardinal point, and by it the others are located. 
  • The winds were classified as coming from them, and in many tongues the names of the cardinal points are the same as those of the winds that blow from them. 
  • This building is circular, with projecting entrances at the four cardinal points of the compass. 

(Definition of “cardinal point” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)