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adverb or adjective

north·​east·​ward nȯrth-ˈēs-twərd How to pronounce northeastward (audio) nȯr-ˈēs- How to pronounce northeastward (audio)
: toward the northeast
northeastwards adverb


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Examples of northeastward in a Sentence

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Adverb or adjective
Local heavy rainfall could also be possible, particularly from the Central Plains northeastward into the Upper Mississippi River Valley. Eduardo Cuevas, USA TODAY, 18 May 2024 The storm is expected to move over the mid-Atlantic Coast by Thursday evening and northeastward to the Gulf of Maine by Friday, according to the weather service. Anthony Robledo, USA TODAY, 3 Apr. 2024 The bulk of the snowfall will wrap up in New York City by noon Tuesday and will continue phasing out through the afternoon as the storm presses northeastward. Elizabeth Wolfe, CNN, 13 Feb. 2024 That activity will quickly move northeastward into the central and southeastern parts of the state by 9 p.m. That will include La Crosse to the Madison area and down toward Janesville and Lake Geneva. Hannah Kirby, Journal Sentinel, 8 Jan. 2024 Rainfall totals of 2 to 4 inches will be common from central North Carolina, Virginia and Pennsylvania northeastward into southern New England. Matthew Cappucci, Washington Post, 22 Sep. 2023 Much of the worst impacts spawned from a storm that carved a devastating path northeastward across Mississippi and Alabama, according to AccuWeather. Christine Fernando, USA TODAY, 25 Mar. 2023 After coming ashore, Idalia turned northeastward and weakened in strength but was still expected to wreak havoc as a tropical storm in Georgia and the eastern Carolinas well into Thursday, forecasters said. Annie Gowen, Washington Post, 30 Aug. 2023 Cities such as Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina, are likely to observe a few inches of rain as Idalia moves along the Carolina coasts before gradually curving northeastward over the Atlantic Ocean, AccuWeather said. John Bacon, USA TODAY, 30 Aug. 2023
These rivers in the sky can stretch for hundreds of miles, ferrying moist air from the tropics northeastward. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 25 Jan. 2024 The Hurricane Center’s forecast shows Tammy moving north and northeastward into the open ocean early next week, unlikely to threaten the U.S. mainland. Dan Stillman, Washington Post, 19 Oct. 2023 Storms don’t usually hit Southern California because prevailing winds usually push them either due west into open ocean or northeastward into Mexico and other parts of the U.S. Southwest, according to experts. Mark Stevenson and Julie Watson, Anchorage Daily News, 19 Aug. 2023 The system cut its ruinous path late Friday northeastward across Mississippi and Alabama, according to AccuWeather. Susan Miller, USA TODAY, 26 Mar. 2023 Parts of the state from the Bay Area south to Point Conception and northeastward into the Sierra Nevada have received 150% to 200% or more of normal precipitation. Paul Duginski, Los Angeles Times, 16 Mar. 2023 The tornado continued northeastward into Tallapoosa County, where EF-1-caliber damage was observed. Leigh Morgan, al, 16 Jan. 2023 One of the factors that will influence Arthur's development is the temperature of the Atlantic waters the storm passes over on its march northeastward. Tom Yulsman, Discover Magazine, 1 July 2014 In this case, city lights in the path of Michael blink out, from the Florida Panhandle northeastward into east-central Georgia. Tom Yulsman, Discover Magazine, 12 Oct. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

Adverb Or Adjective

1553, in the meaning defined above


1581, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of northeastward was in 1553

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“Northeastward.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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adverb or adjective
: toward the northeast
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