adverb or adjective
north·​east·​er·​ly | \ nȯrth-ˈē-stər-lē How to pronounce northeasterly (audio) \

Definition of northeasterly

1 : from the northeast
2 : toward the northeast

Examples of northeasterly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Strong surface high pressure in the Great Basin will promote strong northeasterly Santa Ana winds. Los Angeles Times, "Extreme or critical fire danger forecast for Thursday in California," 23 Oct. 2019 Hurricane Lorenzo, which broke records as the most northeasterly Category 5 storm ever, left Portugal’s Azores islands today (Oct. 2) heavily diminished as a post-tropical cyclone. Johnny Simon, Quartz, "A powerful mid-Atlantic storm is veering toward Ireland," 2 Oct. 2019 High pressure to the north provides a northeasterly flow of air, bringing in low clouds and cool temperatures. Dave Epstein,, "Meteorological summer is almost over. What does September hold?," 24 Aug. 2019 Afternoon northeasterly wind gusts could reach 17 mph, forecasters said. Kirk Mitchell, The Denver Post, "Denver weather: Good chance for thunderstorms and rain showers," 5 Aug. 2019 The smoke plume, being blown downwind by the strong northeasterly Santa Ana winds, stretched more than 300 miles out over the Pacific Ocean. Kathryn Prociv, Washington Post, "Photo: Southern California is at war with wildfire," 8 Dec. 2017 Farther to the west, the weather service in Mobile said to expect gusty northerly to northeasterly winds Sunday and Monday. Leada Gore,, "Hurricane Irma: Alabama's other storm evacuees - helicopters," 9 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of northeasterly

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Northeasterly.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 13 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of northeasterly

: located in or moving toward the northeast
: blowing from the northeast


adverb or adjective
north·​east·​er·​ly | \ nȯrth-ˈē-stər-lē How to pronounce northeasterly (audio) \

Kids Definition of northeasterly

1 : from the northeast northeasterly winds
2 : toward the northeast a northeasterly direction

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