Cardinal Points of the Compass

Due north, west, east, and south. So called because they are the points on which the intermediate ones, such as N.E., N.W., N.N.E., etc., hinge or hang. (Latin, cardo, a hinge.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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