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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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Example Sentences

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Adverb or adjective
Even so, a huge amount of atmospheric moisture continued to move northeastward toward Texas. Tom Yulsman, Discover Magazine, 27 Oct. 2015 However, by Thursday night or Friday, as the system moves northeastward over cooler waters, its development will be limited, per the weather agency. Kathryn Prociv, NBC News, 6 Dec. 2022 By Sunday morning, the rain is expected to move into the Ohio and Mississippi Valleys and Central Appalachians before continuing northeastward to the Great Lakes, Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. Christine Fernando, USA TODAY, 26 Nov. 2022 The system is forecast to turn northeastward and merge with a strong cold front by the middle part of this week. Elainie Barraza, Orlando Sentinel, 6 Nov. 2022 The Eastern District would also shift northeastward to include Belair-Edison, Clifton Park, Coldstream-Homestead-Montebello and Ednor Gardens-Lakeside. Emily Opilo, Baltimore Sun, 7 July 2022 The disturbance was over the south-central Gulf on Tuesday and was forecast to slowly track northeastward over the next few days. Leigh Morgan, al, 7 Sep. 2021 The jet stream will remain in a southwest to northeast configuration and allow a storm from the south to ride northeastward as the cold air locks in, Accuweather said. John Bacon, USA TODAY, 3 Jan. 2022 The largest threat looks to be the hills and mountains from eastern Kentucky northeastward through West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania. Jeff Berardelli, CBS News, 30 Aug. 2021
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 After churning northeastward into the Atlantic, the hurricane made another landfall in South Carolina before pushing into the mid-Atlantic states. Stephen Smith, ajc, 5 Oct. 2022 The remnants of post-tropical typhoon Merbok are tracking northeastward through the Bering Strait. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 17 Sep. 2022 Portland will start the day with showers streaming northeastward just ahead of a new front pushing into the area. oregonlive, 6 May 2022 The snow will begin to arrive in the Plains late Wednesday and progress northeastward, impacting Chicago in the early hours of Thursday, according to AccuWeather. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 16 Feb. 2022 After progressing northeastward, snow is expected to impact Chicago early Thursday, according to AccuWeather. Editors, USA TODAY, 17 Feb. 2022 Ida, which has since been downgraded to a tropical depression, was last reported over northern Mississippi, moving northeastward. Julia Musto, Fox News, 31 Aug. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Adverb Or Adjective

1553, in the meaning defined above


1581, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of northeastward was in 1553

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“Northeastward.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

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adverb or adjective
: toward the northeast
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