Q:

# What are the four cardinal directions?

A:

The four cardinal directions are north, south, east and west. These are the four main directions on the compass rose, which is a depiction of all the directions seen on a map. They are usually marked with the initials N, S, E and W.

## Keep Learning

The compass rose has 32 points, the largest of which are the four cardinal directions, located in a 360-degree configuration. North is at the top, east is 90 degrees to the right, south is directly opposite north and west is directly opposite east. The four primary intercardinal directions are made up of two cardinal directions each: northwest, northeast, southwest and southeast. Others, called secondary intercardinal directions, are made up of two or more cardinal and intercardinal directions combined. An example of a secondary intercardinal direction is north-northeast.

Sources:

## Related Questions

• A: Cardinal directions refer to four points on a compass: north, south, east and west. Each cardinal direction is separated from another by 90 degrees out of ... Full Answer >
Filed Under:
• A: A map direction symbol is called a compass rose, and a simple compass rose symbol may only depict the four cardinal directions of north, east, west and sou... Full Answer >
Filed Under:
• A: Google Aerial View functions much the same way as the regular Google maps do, offering users the ability to zoom in or out, and providing a search bar for ... Full Answer >
Filed Under:
• A: There are a total of 32 compass points, which are horizontal directions located on a compass card, according to The Free Dictionary. The four main compass ... Full Answer >
Filed Under:
PEOPLE SEARCH FOR