adverb or adjective
north·​east·​ward | \ nȯrth-ˈēs-twərd How to pronounce northeastward (audio) , nȯr-ˈēs- How to pronounce northeastward (audio) \

Definition of northeastward

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: toward the northeast



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Adverb or adjective

northeastwards \ nȯrth-​ˈēs-​twərdz How to pronounce northeastwards (audio) , nȯr-​ˈēs-​ \ adverb

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Chris had top winds of 70 mph (110 kph) Monday evening and was expected to remain nearly stationary through Tuesday before moving northeastward as a hurricane. Danica Coto, The Seattle Times, "Power outages, flooding hits Puerto Rico, USVI amid storms," 9 July 2018 The zone extends almost continuously through the mantle, rooted in the core–mantle boundary beneath Mexico and running northeastward up to Yellowstone National Park. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Yellowstone’s heat may be coming from deeper underground than thought," 22 Mar. 2018 The disturbance is forecast to move generally northeastward, merging with a frontal system over the western Atlantic by Tuesday night. National Hurricane Center,, "Disturbance causing storms over western Atlantic," 16 Oct. 2017 The National Weather Service issued flash flood alerts for much of West Tennessee as the still-potent storm slogged northeastward into the nation's interior after its catastrophic drenching of parts of Texas and Louisiana. Adrian Sainz,, "Harvey hits more Southern states: Heavy rains, flood fears, likely tornado in Alabama," 1 Sep. 2017

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Alberto is expected to continue chugging in a north-northeastward direction Saturday, followed by a slower north-northwestward motion on Sunday and Monday. Hanna Krueger,, "Subtropical Storm Alberto speeds up as it enters Gulf: Latest update," 26 May 2018 The storm is moving toward the north-northeast near 7 mph and is expected to pick up speed and move more north-northeastward later today and make a turn to the northwest on Sunday. Roger Simmons,, "Alberto less organized but Tropical Storm Watch remains in effect; Flood Watch issued for Central Florida," 26 May 2018 Note that while Washington is forecast to get the equivalent of 0.3 inches of liquid (equating to 2 to 3 inches of snow), that a band of 0.4 inches (3 to 4 inches of snow) extends from just west of Washington north-northeastward into Pennsylvania. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "Snow likely Saturday with some accumulation, winter weather advisory in effect," 8 Dec. 2017 At that point some models (the Canadian and the ECMWF) are on the west side of the forecast cone, and the GFS is on the right with a north-northeastward track. Leigh Morgan,, "Hurricane Maria: Path forecast keeps Maria away from U.S. mainland," 22 Sep. 2017 Cloudiness and thunderstorms extending from northern Nicaragua and eastern Honduras northeastward across the Cayman Islands and Jamaica to eastern Cuba are associated with the disturbance. National Hurricane Center,, "Low making its way north toward Florida: National Hurricane Center," 26 Oct. 2017 Dennis made landfall in Monroe County on Aug. 17 and then moved north-northeastward. Skyler Swisher,, "Think Hurricane Harvey-type flooding can’t hit South Florida? Think again," 1 Sep. 2017 Snowfall rates of one-half inch to one inch per hour will be possible, especially under the heaviest precipitation from near Windsor northeastward to Briggsdale. Kirk Mitchell, The Denver Post, "Light flurries in Denver Tuesday with colder temperatures, snow on the way," 3 Jan. 2017 Satellite imagery late Monday evening showed the center of a large storm system continuing northeastward across the upper Great Lakes. Tom Skilling,, "Cool, damp pattern to persist into the weekend," 1 May 2017

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First Known Use of northeastward

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1553, in the meaning defined above


1581, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of northeastward

: toward the northeast

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