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cardinal points

pl n
(Navigation) the four main points of the compass: north, south, east, and west

car′dinal points′


n.pl.
the north, south, east, and west points of the compass.
[1540–50]
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In fact, four men such as they were--four men devoted to one another, from their purses to their lives; four men always supporting one another, never yielding, executing singly or together the resolutions formed in common; four arms threatening the four cardinal points, or turning toward a single point--must inevitably, either subterraneously, in open day, by mining, in the trench, by cunning, or by force, open themselves a way toward the object they wished to attain, however well it might be defended, or however distant it may seem.
Such is the reason of the apparent reversing of these two cardinal points, and we must bear it in mind in order to be able to follow President Barbicane's observations.
"The estate is called Carfax, no doubt a corruption of the old Quatre Face, as the house is four sided, agreeing with the cardinal points of the compass.
The cardinal points were plainly marked on it, and all the usual divisions were indicated in such a manner that no man who had ever steered a ship could mistake them.
The loaded vehicles were to be drawn by hand across a wide distance of plain without track or guide of any sort, except that which the trapper furnished by communicating his knowledge of the cardinal points of the compass.
Therefore, the two hills offer spectacular views at all cardinal points.
The photovoltaic system will be located on the southern part of the saddle roofs, the panels will respect the orientation of the buildings towards the cardinal points and the slope of the roofs.
"Working to ensure the Nigerian Immigration Service deploy the machine in Qatar was one of my campaign cardinal points during our election.
Washington on two black business pioneers, John Merrick and Alonzo Herndon; the management philosophies and work of Charles Clinton Spaulding, who managed the North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company; his article on "The Administration of Big Business" and its eight fundamental necessities of management; his article on "Business in Negro Durham" and its four cardinal points of entrepreneurship; the work of Annie Turnbo-Malone and Madame C.J.
The outgoing premier's closing speeches were underpinned by two cardinal points of expectation: the general election would be peaceful and fair, and she would make a comeback to office for the sake of continuity of development.
The cloisters in San Agustin surround a square garden to refer to the four cardinal points: North, East, West and South (which gave us the word 'news').
Thus, the triangle becomes a symbol of harmony representing the sould and the three forms of action: mental, physical and verbal, while the square is synonymous with stability, the four cardinal points, and the four seasons," the statement says.