cardinal points

cardinal points
the four chief directions of the compass; the north, south, east, and west points.

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cardinal points,
any one of the four main directions of the compass; north, south, east, west.

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ˌcardinal ˈpoints [cardinal points] noun plural (technical)
the four main points (North, South, East and West) of the ↑compass

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