northeast

adverb
north·​east | \ nȯrth-ˈēst How to pronounce northeast (audio) , naut nȯr-ˈēst How to pronounce northeast (audio) \

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

Judge Paulo Sorci ruled that the former president should be transferred from an isolated room in federal police facilities in the city of Curitiba to the Tremembe penitentiary, 95 miles northeast of the city of Sao Paulo. Washington Post, "World Digest: Aug. 7, 2019," 7 Aug. 2019 Troy Ray, 55, was apparently working underneath his car in his hometown of Pahrump, Nev., 95 miles northeast of the epicenter, when the vehicle is believed to have fallen on him. Los Angeles Times, "Nevada’s first recorded earthquake death? This could be it, caused by Ridgecrest temblors," 6 Aug. 2019 The remains were found on a farm in Braymer, a town of around 870 people about 50 miles northeast of Kansas City, Sheriff Larry Fish said at a news conference. Phil Helsel, NBC News, "Human remains found on Missouri farm as investigators search for missing Wisconsin brothers," 1 Aug. 2019 The two-vehicle crash unfolded near Cave City, about 100 miles northeast of Little Rock. David Aaro, Fox News, "1998 Arkansas school shooter killed in car crash 20 years later," 29 July 2019 The storm was 12 miles southwest of Indianapolis and traveling northeast at 3:36 p.m. Koch told IndyStar at 4 p.m. that the storm was one mile away from Indianapolis. Andrew Clark, Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis weather: Severe thunderstorm, strong wind gusts imminent," 13 July 2019 Deputies with the Nye County Sheriff’s Office found the 56-year-old man Tuesday beneath the Jeep in Pahrump, a town on the California-Nevada border about 180 miles northeast of Ridgecrest. Rong-gong Lin Ii, latimes.com, "How could Ridgecrest earthquakes kill someone 180 miles away in Nevada?," 10 July 2019 The next time totality will hit North America won’t be until April 8, 2024, when the shadow of the moon will cross Mexico and Texas before traveling northeast to pass over numerous U.S. states. Michael Waters, Smithsonian, "Photos Capture the Great South American Eclipse," 2 July 2019 The early decades of the 20th century were a thriving time for cookware companies in the company’s home region, 60 miles northeast of Turin. Tom Fairless, WSJ, "A Tale of Two Companies—and Two Countries," 20 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The cottage is part of Queen Elizabeth’s extensive Sandringham Estate portfolio, which rents out homes and commercial buildings in 13 villages around her residence in northeast England, about a three-hour drive from London. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "For $850 a month, you could be Kate Middleton’s country neighbor," 8 Aug. 2019 States such as Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, and northeast region haven’t seen much improvement or have shown declines. Mayank Aggarwal, Quartz India, "Can the uptick in India’s tiger population continue while their habitats shrink?," 2 Aug. 2019 While the 29th State Senate District is spread over three counties, 73% of the voters are in northeast Orange County, which includes Newman’s hometown of Fullerton, plus Yorba Linda, La Habra and much of Anaheim. John Wildermuth, SFChronicle.com, "Could Democrats own Orange County? This 2020 race is key," 19 July 2019 The poll has very bad news for native son Tim Ryan, a U.S. representative from northeast Ohio who’s stressed his blue-collar credentials and ability to play in the Midwest. Derek Wallbank, Fortune, "2020 Election Update: Biden Is One Democrat to Top Trump in Ohio Poll," 25 July 2019 Flash flood watches were in place for New York City, southern Connecticut and northeast New Jersey until 8 a.m. Tuesday. Phil Helsel, NBC News, "New York City area slammed with flooding, power outages after extreme heat," 23 July 2019 Floods and mudslides have also hit some other northeast Indian states, including Meghalaya, Sikkim and Mizoram. Binaj Gurubacharya, SFChronicle.com, "Heavy rain leaves scores dead in Nepal, India, Bangladesh," 14 July 2019 Hollywood Burbank is currently in the process of replacing its aging facility with a new one that will be located on the northeast side of the airfield. Anthony Clark Carpio, latimes.com, "Hollywood Burbank Airport ranked best in the country," 14 June 2019 IndyStar food writer Liz Biro and ramen fans demonstrate you how to properly eat ramen at Ramen Ray on Indianapolis' northeast side. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "One of the most ridiculous ramens ever is coming to a new ramen shop on Indy's north side," 12 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Monday ruled against environmental groups seeking to hold up a mining project in northeast Minnesota that the environmentalists say could pollute Lake Superior. Jimmy Lovrien, Twin Cities, "Court upholds DNR’s mining rules in challenge to PolyMet project," 5 Aug. 2019 Storms in northeast Colorado are expected to bring brief but heavy rainfall and winds up to 50 mph with a strong chance of lightning and some hail, according to the weather service. Saja Hindi, The Denver Post, "Denver weather: 90-plus degree temperatures, thunderstorms, lightning, gusty winds and hail," 4 Aug. 2019 The event will again benefit three social service organizations in northeast Connecticut, and every dollar raised by Steeple Chase participants or sponsors will be matched in 2019 by the Jeffrey P. Ossen Family Foundation. Melanie Savage, courant.com, "Steeple Chase Fundraiser Benefits Homeless, Poor and Addicted," 2 Aug. 2019 The storm cut a diagonal line of death and destruction across Pleasant Grove from the southwest to the northeast end of the city. Anna Beahm | Abeahm@al.com, al, "Pleasant Grove: A story of change at the hand of Mother Nature and the judge’s gavel," 28 July 2019 Taylor found reprieve by taking a canal cruise that ended in a breezy spot in the northeast end of the city. NBC News, "France endures hottest day on record with U.S. women to face World Cup host," 28 June 2019 ParkWorks, on the northeast end, the site of a former fruit wholesaler, may be turned into 500 apartments by a New York developer. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Can high-profile park projects, catalysts for development, play nice with neighboring communities?," 17 July 2018 Located at the northeast end of the complex, 8th Day Distillery is now open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays from 4 to 10 p.m. with plans to extend hours once construction in front of the building is complete. Amy Haneline, Indianapolis Star, "8th Day Distillery opens tasting room in Circle City Industrial Complex," 20 June 2018 Find one of the best off the North Country National Scenic Trail on the northeast end of the secluded lake, about 80 yards south of the trail. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "10 remote campsites in Wisconsin for peace and quiet," 14 May 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 northeastern part of a country or region especially : the northeastern part of the U.S.

northeast

adverb
north·​east | \ nȯrth-ˈēst How to pronounce northeast (audio) \

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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