northeast

adverb
north·east | \ nȯrth-ˈēst , naut nȯr-ˈēst \

Definition of northeast 

(Entry 1 of 3)

: to, toward, or in the northeast

northeast

adjective

Definition of northeast (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : coming from the northeast a northeast wind

2 : situated toward or at the northeast the northeast corner

northeast

noun

Definition of northeast (Entry 3 of 3)

1a : the general direction between north and east

b : the point midway between the north and east compass points

2 capitalized : regions or countries lying to the northeast of a specified or implied point of orientation

Examples of northeast in a Sentence

Adverb

It's a few miles northeast of here. We left the city and headed northeast.

Adjective

My office is in the northeast corner of the building.

Noun

A mountain range is in the northeast of the country. Parts of the Northeast were hit hard by the storm. I grew up in the Northeast.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Ten members of an Arizona family were killed last July when a torrent of rain water rushed through a swimming hole in a canyon northeast of Phoenix. Felicia Fonseca And Alina Hartounian, chicagotribune.com, "Flash flood sends tourists to high ground near Grand Canyon," 13 July 2018 Friday's race begins at Hunter's Creek Sports Park in Star, will work its way up Can Ada Road, west into the 2C and northeast up Chaparral Road, with the conclusion at the drag strip on Highway 16. Dave Southorn, idahostatesman, "A brand-new event, and one of Boise's annual traditions. A big cycling weekend is on tap.," 10 July 2018 The two-week-old attack has taken a chunk of rebel territory northeast of Deraa city, where some rebels surrendered. NBC News, "U.N. urges Jordan to open border as 320,000 flee while Russian jets hit southern Syria," 5 July 2018 For a second summer, Elgin’s northeast side will play host to a big day of bicycling that honors a fallen rider whose death prompted a change in state law. Mike Danahey, Elgin Courier-News, "Northeast side readies for 2nd Dennis Jurs Memorial Bike Race," 3 July 2018 According to a notice put out by the city, residents living in Country Glen, Monterra, Diamond Head and other neighborhoods northeast of Stirling Road and Palm Avenue received a utility bill with an error. Emily Bloch, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Cooper City neighborhoods issue wrong water bill," 3 July 2018 The main overlook is the more spectacular of the two, looking southeast across Salisbury Twin Lakes and Washinee; northeast to Lake Riga and South Pond and into New York; and south with Prospect Mountain and Canaan Mountain. Peter Marteka, courant.com, "A Hike To Lions Head And A View That Will Make You Roar In Delight," 24 June 2018 Villarreal was arrested later that night in Austin, more than an hour’s drive northeast of San Antonio, WOAI reported at the time. Jared Gilmour, star-telegram, "Texas man was ‘paranoid’ about hidden cameras. He murdered his boyfriend over it, prosecutors say," 21 June 2018 Your 20-minute ride across Lake Superior starts at the Bayfield ferry docks northeast of town. Sharyn Alden, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Island hopping in Wisconsin: 5 worth a visit," 15 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Winds are expected to carry the most smoke into Esparto, Vacaville, Winters, Davis and Woodland, but all parts of Yolo County and northeast Solano County are expected to be affected. Jordan Cutler-tietjen, sacbee, "As County Fire rages, what's the risk from breathing? Here's air quality info for the region," 2 July 2018 Southwest Boulevard Family Health Care, founded nearly 30 years ago, is a non-profit clinic that offers health care and supportive services to low-income medically underserved patients in northeast Wyandotte County. Katie Bernard, kansascity, "Need for more mental health, dental services drives KCK clinic expansion plans," 14 June 2018 Members of the Native Howl, from Leonard in northeast Oakland County, blend the precision and melodicism of bluegrass with the intense tempo and energy of thrash metal. Jeff Milo, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit music: Magic Bag hosts Native Howl, Gasoline Gypsies; War & Treaty at Otus Supply," 31 May 2018 In northeast Houston’s Settegast neighborhood, two houses built by Habitat for Humanity and members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. were dedicated Friday. Elizabeth Myong, Houston Chronicle, "AKA sorority sisters serve the Houston community," 7 July 2018 Over the weekend, more than 70 volunteers on horseback combed an area of northeast Houston, not far from where the young mother’s truck was found Friday morning. Chris Harris, PEOPLE.com, "Texas Mom Vanishes on Way to Work — as Police Investigate 'Suspicious' Texts She Might Not Have Sent," 28 June 2018 Image As tensions rise between the United States and Canada, there’s a new clash in the cool waters off the northeast tip of Maine, which are rich with lobster, scallops and cod. Matthew Haag, New York Times, "Border Patrol Stops Canadian Fishermen in Disputed Waters Off Maine," 6 July 2018 Dangerous heat wave will continue across much of the central and northeast U.S. through the Independence Day Holiday. Adam Shaw, Fox News, "'Heat Dome' brings death, misery to US for Fourth of July," 4 July 2018 The drone program has been running since last week, and drones have already taken pictures of two schools in central and northeast Ohio. Marilyn Icsman, Cincinnati.com, "Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announces drones to be used in new school safety effort," 20 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In a largely Hindu country, much of the northeast is Christian. Yirmiyan Arthur, Fox News, "In cricket-mad India, 1 distant corner is crazy for soccer," 29 June 2018 Since the Air Line bridge was spanned, hikers can now walk along the 50-mile path from East Hampton to Willimantic and northeast to Thompson and Rhode Island unbroken. Peter Marteka, courant.com, "Hop River Trail's Railroad Bridge Will Soon Get New Life With Hiking Traffic," 27 May 2018 Instead, segments of the northeast and southwest Beltline loop would be built and connected with the Atlanta Streetcar downtown. J. Scott Trubey, ajc, "Atlanta Beltline group pushes MARTA for funding of full rail loop," 12 July 2018 Catalonia, the autonomous region of northeast Spain, is featured alongside Armenia. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "Unfurling the Rich Tapestry of Armenian Culture," 25 June 2018 Lori Nickel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Winds howling out of the northeast. Lori Nickel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "In its 80th running, Queen's Cup sailboat race still providing plenty of thrills, challenges," 23 June 2018 The delegation’s arrival in Pyongyang was part of a sudden flurry of diplomacy in northeast Asia related to efforts to engage North Korea. Washington Post, "Pompeo: North Korea can have ‘richly deserved’ opportunities in return for peace," 9 May 2018 After a winter in which an unexpected boost in demand from China pushed prices to three-year highs, spot LNG in northeast Asia has plummeted about 30 percent from its mid-January peak. Anna Shiryaevskaya, Houston Chronicle, "LNG in for wild ride until China builds storage," 23 Feb. 2018 And the 23-acre section, now being prepared for receiving trash at the northeast corner of the property, at Wiles and Powerline roads, is the last part of the site that’s permitted to take trash without knocking down existing buildings. Anne Geggis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Mount Trashmore, the landfill that's over 20 stories, will grow bigger and taller," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of northeast

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Noun

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

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northeast

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of northeast

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: to or toward the northeast

northeast

adjective

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

: located in or toward the northeast

: coming from the northeast

northeast

noun

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

: the direction between north and east

the northeast : the northeastern part of a country or region; especially : the northeastern part of the U.S.

northeast

adverb
north·east | \ nȯrth-ˈēst \

Kids Definition of northeast

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: to or toward the direction between north and east We headed northeast.

northeast

adjective

Kids Definition of northeast (Entry 2 of 3)

: placed toward, facing, or coming from the northeast the northeast part of a state

northeast

noun

Kids Definition of northeast (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : the direction between north and east

2 capitalized : regions or countries northeast of a point that is mentioned or understood

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