south

If you're holding a compass, south is the direction that's directly opposite north. If you're standing in Tennessee, then Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia will be to the south.

When you need to head south on a hiking trail, you can consult your compass and turn in the direction that's 180 degrees from north. And if you visit the South of France, you'll be staying in the southern part of the country geographically—luckily for you, it's also the warmest, sunniest part of France. The word south has a Germanic root meaning "sun-side."

Definitions of south
  1. noun
    the direction corresponding to the southward cardinal compass point
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    type of:
    direction
    the spatial relation between something and the course along which it points or moves
  2. noun
    the cardinal compass point that is at 180 degrees
    synonyms: S, due south, southward
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    type of:
    cardinal compass point
    one of the four main compass points
  3. noun
    a location in the southern part of a country, region, or city
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    location
    a point or extent in space
  4. adjective
    situated in or facing or moving toward or coming from the south
    “the south entrance”
    Synonyms:
    southbound, southward
    moving toward the south
    south-central
    situated in the southern part of a centrally located area in some geographical region
    southerly, southern
    from the south; used especially of wind
    southerly, southern
    situated in or oriented toward the south
    southernmost, southmost
    situated farthest south
    southeast, southeasterly, southeastern
    situated in or oriented toward the southeast
    southeast, southeasterly
    coming from the southeast
    southeastward
    toward the southeast
    southwest, southwesterly, southwestern
    situated in or oriented toward the southwest
    southwest, southwesterly
    coming from the southwest
    southwestward
    toward the southwest
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    north
    situated in or facing or moving toward or coming from the north
    northbound, northward
    moving toward the north
    north-central
    situated in the northern part of a centrally located area in some geographical region
    northerly, northern
    coming from the north; used especially of wind
    northerly, northern
    situated in or oriented toward the north
    northernmost, northmost
    situated farthest north
    northeast, northeasterly, northeastern
    situated in or oriented toward the northeast
    northeast, northeasterly
    coming from the northeast
    northeastward
    toward the northeast
    northwest, northwesterly, northwestern
    situated in or oriented toward the northwest
    northwest, northwesterly
    coming from the northwest
    northwestward
    toward the northwest
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  5. adverb
    in a southern direction
    “we moved south
    synonyms: in the south, to the south
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