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{{#category_index:N|northing}} (nor’ thing) 1. Distance north of an east-west reference line. See latitude. 2. The latitude difference between a point and the previous point. 3. In the Universal Transverse Mercator system (q.v.), northing indicates distance in meters north of the equator. In the Southern hemisphere, the equator is assigned the value of 10 000 000 m so that false northing values will be positive.