- The four intersections of the horizon with the meridian and the prime vertical circle (or simply the prime vertical). The intersection with the meridian is designated north and south, and the intersection with the prime vertical is designated east and west. The cardinal points are 90° apart; they lie in a plane with each other and correspond to the cardinal regions of the heavens. The four basic directions—north, south, east, and west—are collectively known as cardinal points. The four intermediate points—northeast, southeast, northwest, and southwest—are called collateral, quadrantal, or intercardinal points.Cardinal points around the horizon.
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Cardinal points — Cardinal Car di*nal, a. [L. cardinalis, fr. cardo the hinge of a door, that on which a thing turns or depends: cf. F. cardinal.] Of fundamental importance; pre[ e]minent; superior; chief; principal. [1913 Webster] The cardinal intersections of… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
cardinal points — n. the four principal points of the compass; north, south, east, and west … English World dictionary
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cardinal points — car′dinal points′ n. pl. geo the north, south, east, and west points of the compass • Etymology: 1540–50 … From formal English to slang
cardinal points — the four chief directions of the compass; the north, south, east, and west points. [1540 50] * * * … Universalium
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