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 Drizzle is possible Tuesday morning if eddy circulation develops off the coast, then northerly winds will turn more northeasterly and offshore again later in the day. Los Angeles Times, 3 Dec. 2021 The current weather pattern that has largely persisted through the fall favors offshore, generally northeasterly Santa Ana-like flow in Southern California — that is, winds that move from inland deserts toward the ocean. Los Angeles Times, 3 Dec. 2021 In Harbin, China’s most northeasterly provincial capital, near the border with Russia, local officials earlier this month began offering subsidies equivalent to between $3,100 and $15,600 to college graduates buying homes for the first time. Stella Yifan Xie, WSJ, 20 Oct. 2021 The combination of an area of low pressure off the coast of Cape Cod and a high pressure system over coastal Maine will cause a northeasterly flow off the Atlantic that will result in mostly cloudy skies on Tuesday., 4 Oct. 2021 Skies should stay sunny, but east-northeasterly breezes are slightly more noticeable and steady with time, blowing around 10 mph, perhaps gusting toward 20 mph or so. Washington Post, 19 Mar. 2021 Sunday: Skies are mostly cloudy with marine air pushing into the region upon northeasterly breezes around 10 mph. Washington Post, 20 Nov. 2020 Winds will become a bit more northeasterly, which will just reinforce the cloud cover. Washington Post, 21 Nov. 2020 Team New Zealand won the 10th race by 46 seconds in a shifty northeasterly breeze to complete its defense of the famous Auld Mug. Chronicle News Services, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 Mar. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of northeasterly

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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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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Nglish: Translation of northeasterly for Spanish Speakers


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