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1. Situated in, toward, or facing the north.
2. Coming from the north: northern breezes.
3. Native to or growing in the north.
4. often Northern Of, relating to, or characteristic of northern regions or the North.
5. Being north of the equator.

[Middle English northerne, from Old English; see ner- in Indo-European roots.]

north′ern·ness′ n.
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Noun1.northernness - the property of being to the north
spatial relation, position - the spatial property of a place where or way in which something is situated; "the position of the hands on the clock"; "he specified the spatial relations of every piece of furniture on the stage"
southernness - the property of being to the south
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Synopsis: As polar regions become the focus of political and ecological controversies, scholars in the humanities and social sciences are turning their attention to the cultural meanings of Northernness. Collaborative collected and co-edited by the team of Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough (a lecturer in medieval literature at Durham University in the UK), Danielle Marie Cudmore (a lecturer at Halmstad University in Sweden), and Stefan Donecker (a research fellow at the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna), "Imagining the Supernatural North" is an interdisciplinary collection of articles by sixteen scholars from twelve countries exploring the notion of the North as a realm of the supernatural.
Lewis," Patterson writes, "It is no accident that Narnia and northernness are associated by Lewis: in his seven novels about Narnia the north is one of the basic elements in the symbolic structure.
Support for North right, a Certainly, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, who was also there, seemed to get carried away with the Northernness of the 1North launch, oering to "roll his sleeves up" to work with the cities to help them achieve their aims.
She goes on: "It did feel very close to home filming The Mill - I still feel the Northernness, the idea of being a grafter and keeping your doorstep clean." The Mill, which returns for a second series tomorrow, is filmed at the National Trust's Quarry Bank Mill, in Styal, Cheshire.
On the one hand, we can perceive a conceptual enlargement of Norden, promoted above all by the Nordic scholars of international relations and geopolitics as the shift "from Nordism to Baltism" and "the return of Northernness".
Not only do the national anthems draw on the assumed qualities of the north, but also the attributes of patriotism and good citizenship that are invoked by their nationalist context are associated with the idea of northernness. By implication, activities that are typical for a northern clime can become "nationalized." The Norwegian anthropologist Thomas Hylland Eriksen has noted, for instance, that "the activity of skiing [in school] makes the children more Norwegian," whereas skiing in Italy does not make you more Italian (109).
He writes of boyhood treasures such as Revell model kits; of a cornucopia of candy on his first trick-or-treating experience at Halloween and the "cruel hoax called candy corn" ("Are you sure that this crap counts as a treat?"); and of snow: the snow for which the young Carlos had waited in Havana, the snow that represents "northernness" and the beyond.
Islam, the most obvious marker of northernness in the Ghanaian popular imagination, was used by these mediums to inform their appearance and activities: many of them dressed like the Islamized peoples of the north, and their shrines included idols in northern garb, amulets and chamas, goro/kola nuts, and features such as Arabic inscriptions.
Where exactly is Canada's North, and how does "northernness" express itself?
She sets her sights on northernness, Doctor Who, the sea, chocolate, Leonard Cohen, diagnosing people with psychological issues and laughing.