north·​east·​ern | \ nȯrth-ˈē-stərn How to pronounce northeastern (audio) \

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 How to pronounce northeasternmost (audio) \ adjective

Examples of northeastern in a Sentence

the northeastern corner of the state

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Officials in northeastern India said at least 14 people were killed and over a million affected by flooding, state official Kumar Sanjay Krishna said. Binaj Gurubacharya,, "Heavy rain leaves scores dead in Nepal, India, Bangladesh," 14 July 2019 This property’s northeastern orientation allowed for solid walls to block the harsher western sun and walls of glass to showcase the lake’s vistas. Carla Jean Whitley,, "This home on Smith Lake perfectly frames its surroundings," 13 July 2019 The fossil of this four-winged dinosaur was itself unearthed from the 130-million-year-old Jehol biota, a treasure trove of Cretaceous-period fossils in what’s now northeastern China. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "Rare fossil in a fossil reveals a dinosaur's surprising last meal," 11 July 2019 With a 90 percent chance of development, a broad low-pressure system in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico is expected to develop into a tropical depression late Wednesday or Thursday, the National Hurricane Center said Wednesday morning. Joe Mario Pedersen,, "Tropical system in Gulf near Florida has 90 percent chance of developing, possibly today, hurricane center says," 10 July 2019 Born in Bahia in northeastern Brazil, Gilberto moved to Rio de Janeiro at a young age. Marcelo Silva De Sousa, The Denver Post, "Joao Gilberto dies: Brazilian bossa nova pioneer was 88," 7 July 2019 Parts of Brandenburg in northeastern Germany, near Berlin, are also at high risk for forest fires. Grace Dobush, Fortune, "Women's World Cup Gets a New Opponent: Europe's Blistering Heatwave," 26 June 2019 To add another northeastern program, one that was already a main draw in the old Big East, to a tournament that routinely fills the Garden to capacity means the Big East Tournament should continue to thrive. Adam Baum,, "What does UConn's return to the Big East Conference mean for the Xavier Musketeers?," 25 June 2019 This month, 250 migrants from Africa arrived in this northeastern city of roughly 67,000 residents in the span of just a week, overflowing the overflow space and forcing Portland to hastily convert a basketball arena into an emergency shelter. New York Times, "Maine Needed New, Young Residents. African Migrants Began Arriving by the Dozens.," 23 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce northeastern (audio) \

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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