north·​east·​ern | \ nȯrth-ˈē-stərn \

Definition of northeastern

1 often capitalized : of, relating to, or characteristic of a region conventionally designated Northeast
2 : lying toward or coming from the northeast

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Other Words from northeastern

northeasternmost \ nȯrth-​ˈē-​stərn-​ˌmōst \ adjective

Examples of northeastern in a Sentence

the northeastern corner of the state

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The hottest weather Tuesday was expected in central and northeastern France, with temperatures that could reach 40 C (104 F). Fox News, "The Latest: More car limits in France as heat wave peaks," 7 Aug. 2018 The hottest weather was expected in central and northeastern France, with temperatures that could reach 40 C (104 F). Barry Hatton, The Seattle Times, "Wildfires torment Portugal, Spain as France feels the heat," 7 Aug. 2018 Though not in time for the Fourth, some cooler, less humid air is finally predicted to slide into the central and northeastern U.S. by the end of the week, ending the current heat wave. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Fourth of July weather forecast: Hot as a firecracker for most of US, severe storms in Upper Midwest," 3 July 2018 In the northern hemisphere, polar vortices center around northeastern Siberia and Baffin Island in Canada, where winds spin counterclockwise around a low-pressure center at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "What Is a Polar Vortex? The Frigid Weather Pattern Explained," 16 Jan. 2019 Upstate South Carolina and the northeastern corner of Georgia could also experience a major snowfall, too. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "AccuWeather Predicts a Brutal Winter Storm Is Set to Hit the South This Weekend," 6 Dec. 2018 At the very least, a recent discovery in a remote region of northeastern Brazil has biologists shaking their heads in disbelief. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Found: A Field of Termite Mounds You Can See From Space," 19 Nov. 2018 Read More The trial court in the northeastern city of Dalian convicted Mr. Ma of receiving bribes, coercing others into making commercial trades, and engaging in insider trading, according to an online statement published by the court. Chun Han Wong, WSJ, "Former Chinese Official Linked to Exiled Tycoon Gets Life in Prison," 27 Dec. 2018 Fliers circulating online called for a rally in Iran’s northeastern city of Mashhad to ‘‘set the JCPOA on fire.’’ The nuclear deal is also known as the JCPOA, or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. Washington Post,, "Iran to negotiate with Europeans, Russia and China about remaining in nuclear deal," 8 May 2018

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First Known Use of northeastern

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

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English Language Learners Definition of northeastern

: located in or toward the northeast
: of or relating to the northeast


north·​east·​ern | \ nȯrth-ˈē-stərn \

Kids Definition of northeastern

1 often capitalized : of, relating to, or like that of the Northeast northeastern forests
2 : lying toward or coming from the northeast the northeastern corner of the state

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