northwest

adverb
north·​west | \ nȯrth-ˈwest How to pronounce northwest (audio) , nautical nȯr-ˈwest How to pronounce northwest (audio) \

Definition of northwest

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: to, toward, or in the northwest

northwest

adjective

Definition of northwest (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : coming from the northwest a northwest wind
2 : situated toward or at the northwest the northwest corner

northwest

noun

Definition of northwest (Entry 3 of 4)

1a : the general direction between north and west
b : the point midway between the north and west compass points
2 capitalized : regions or countries lying to the northwest of a specified or implied point of orientation

North West

geographical name
variants: or Noordwes \ ˌnȯrd-​ˈwes How to pronounce Noordwes (audio) , ˌnȯrt-​ \

Definition of North West (Entry 4 of 4)

province of the northern part of the Republic of South Africa bordering Botswana area 44,861 square miles (116,190 square kilometers), population 3,509,953

Examples of northwest in a Sentence

Adverb

It's about 80 miles northwest of here. I headed northwest on Route 1.

Adjective

the northwest corner of the building

Noun

A mountain range is in the northwest of the country. We traveled throughout the Northwest.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Location: Central Israel, about 42 miles northwest of Jerusalem on the Mediterranean Sea. Michele Chabin, Washington Post, "Instead of busy Tel Aviv, try Eilat for a calmer, quieter beach vacation in Israel," 5 Sep. 2019 But residents of Kaufman and Van Zandt Counties would have to drive about 30 minutes northwest to Rockwall or about the same distance west to Mesquite to get to some of the center's new big box stores that are prevalent in D-FW in neighborhoods. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "First came Buc-ee's, and now small-town Terrell's new big box stores are opening," 23 July 2019 Plenary Roads Denver won a 50-year public-private partnership agreement that began with construction work on the highway starting at 88th Street in Boulder County and going northwest. Jon Murray, The Denver Post, "U.S. 36: CDOT will start search for answers, and blame, on 5-year-old section that’s crumbling," 16 July 2019 The 2019 wildfire season’s biggest fire began with a lightning strike on June 21 to the northeast of Livengood, a configuration of mining camps and recreational cabins northwest of Fairbanks on the Elliot Highway. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "Hess Creek fire, burning in Alaska’s Interior, is largest wildfire in the nation," 10 July 2019 From Flagstaff, drive 7 miles northwest on U.S. 180 to Snowbowl Road. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Summer in Arizona: Locals share 100 fun ways to survive the 100-degree heat in Phoenix," 1 July 2019 The explosion closed down roads in Farmington, a town of about 7,700 people about 35 miles northwest of the state capital, Augusta. Gina Martinez, Time, "1 Firefighter Killed, Multiple Injured in Gas Explosion at Maine Nonprofit," 16 Sep. 2019 The Caribou Lake fire joins several others across Southcentral Alaska, including the North Fork Fire a few miles northwest of Homer. Annie Zak, Anchorage Daily News, "Caribou Lake Fire northeast of Homer threatens nearly 30 structures," 21 Aug. 2019 Tyler Ivanoff found the handwritten Russian letter early this month while gathering firewood near Shishmaref about 600 miles northwest of Anchorage. CBS News, "Man finds 50-year-old message in a bottle from Russian Navy on Alaskan shore," 18 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Ivan did extensive damage in both Alabama and northwest Florida and was blamed for eight deaths just in the local area. Leigh Morgan, al, "It’s been 15 years since Hurricane Ivan," 16 Sep. 2019 Her body had been in the closet at an apartment in northwest Houston for six days when family members discovered her. Dylan Mcguinness, Houston Chronicle, "Arrest warrant issued for boyfriend in death of child left in closet," 6 Sep. 2019 Keeping contact with family and first responders proved challenging during Hurricane Irma in 2017 and again when Hurricane Michael ripped through northwest Florida in 2018. Jake Newby, USA TODAY, "What to know about your cell service during Hurricane Dorian," 30 Aug. 2019 Two children, ages 1 and 2, were in critical condition after the 9 p.m. attack at a convenience store in the 1800 block of West Mount Houston Road, in northwest Houston. Loyd Brumfield, Dallas News, "2 kids badly burned when road-rage shooting ignites fireworks in Houston family's pickup," 5 July 2019 The National Weather Service in Mobile has put a high risk of rip currents in place for all of Alabama’s coastline as well as northwest Florida. Leigh Morgan, al.com, "High risk of rip currents for the Gulf Coast through Friday," 19 June 2019 The storm is already plaguing northwest Florida's infrastructure. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Hurricane Michael Death Toll Rises to 11, Infrastructure in Crisis Throughout Southeast," 11 Oct. 2018 On the ground in northwest Florida, preparations quickly unfolded before the storm arrived. Luz Lazo, The Seattle Times, "Residents prepare ‘for whatever Michael may bring’," 9 Oct. 2018 And bands swept up from the Gulf, dropping more rain on northwest Florida — where 10.48 inches already had fallen at Florida's Pensacola International Airport by Wednesday morning — through the center of Alabama and into Tennessee. Stephen Sorace, Fox News, "Hurricane Florence weakening, but will remain powerful storm, forecasters say," 6 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The outlook shows an increased probability of below-average temperatures across most of the state (except the southeast corner), with the higher chances in the northwest. Leigh Morgan, al, "Could it be? A break from the heat possible next week," 20 Aug. 2019 From the Jersey Shore to the shopping malls of Paramus, from hiking trails in the northwest to the Bayway oil refinery, the state faces exceptionally heavy and unpredictable rainfall - even for New Jersey. Anchorage Daily News, "Extreme climate change has arrived in America. Here are the fastest-warming places.," 13 Aug. 2019 Power failures were reported as far apart as London in southeast England and Cheshire in the northwest. NBC News, "Huge U.K. power outage disrupts rail, road traffic in rush hour," 9 Aug. 2019 Li joined the Communist Party in 1945 after joining Zhou, Mao Zedong and others at their wartime guerrilla base of Yan’an in the northwest. Fox News, "Tienanmen Square massacre mastermind known as the 'Butcher of Beijing' dies," 23 July 2019 At a nursing home in northwest, Arkansas, CBS News found a gem named Ruby. Steve Hartman, CBS News, "11-year-old expands her charity granting wishes to nursing home residents," 28 June 2019 This tectonic dance forms a unique, layered landscape surrounded by the Alps in the northwest, the Dinarides range in the south, the Adriatic Sea in the southwest, and the Pannonian Plain in the east. Alex Crevar, National Geographic, "Here is Europe's most sustainable country in 20 pictures," 4 May 2019 That resilience may keep him in power for years to come even with a multitude of challenges, including a rapidly degenerating economy and a persisting insurgency in the northwest. Sarah El Deeb, The Seattle Times, "Syria’s Assad: Last man standing amid new Arab uprisings," 13 Apr. 2019 The fire broke out about 3 a.m. as the Conception was anchored off Santa Cruz Island, about 90 miles (145 kilometers) northwest of Los Angeles. Stefanie Dazio, BostonGlobe.com, "At least 25 people dead after deadly Calif. boat fire," 3 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of northwest

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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northwest

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of northwest

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: to or toward the northwest

northwest

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of northwest (Entry 2 of 3)

: located in the northwest
: blowing from the northwest

northwest

noun

English Language Learners Definition of northwest (Entry 3 of 3)

: the direction between north and west
: the northwestern part of a country or region especially : the northwestern part of the U.S.

northwest

adverb
north·​west | \ nȯrth-ˈwest How to pronounce northwest (audio) \

Kids Definition of northwest

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: to or toward the direction between north and west It's northwest of here.

northwest

adjective

Kids Definition of northwest (Entry 2 of 3)

: placed toward, facing, or coming from the northwest a northwest wind

northwest

noun

Kids Definition of northwest (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : the direction between north and west
2 capitalized : regions or countries northwest of a point that is mentioned or understood

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