northwest

adverb
north·​west | \nȯrth-ˈwest, naut nȯr-ˈwest \

Definition of northwest 

(Entry 1 of 4)

: to, toward, or in the northwest

northwest

adjective

Definition of northwest (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : coming from the northwest a northwest wind

2 : situated toward or at the northwest the northwest corner

northwest

noun

Definition of northwest (Entry 3 of 4)

1a : the general direction between north and west

b : the point midway between the north and west compass points

2 capitalized : regions or countries lying to the northwest of a specified or implied point of orientation

North West

geographical name
\ˌnȯrd-ˈwes, ˌnȯrt-\
variants: or Noordwes

Definition of North West (Entry 4 of 4)

province of the northern part of the Republic of South Africa bordering Botswana area 44,861 square miles (116,190 square kilometers), population 3,509,953

Examples of northwest in a Sentence

Adverb

It's about 80 miles northwest of here. I headed northwest on Route 1.

Adjective

the northwest corner of the building

Noun

A mountain range is in the northwest of the country. We traveled throughout the Northwest.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Welcome Baptist Church is located in Union, South Carolina, which is about 70 miles northwest of Columbia. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "'Hail Satan' carved into South Carolina Baptist church," 11 July 2018 Hillsborough is about 150 miles northwest of Palm Beach. CBS News, "Chris Brown arrested on felony battery charge after Florida concert," 6 July 2018 The Pawnee Fire is about 30 miles northwest of the County Fire. Michael Mcgough, sacbee, "County Fire in Yolo continues furious growth, now 16,500 acres with evacuations ordered," 1 July 2018 Where: The park is 14 miles northwest of Payson on State Route 260. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Kid-friendly hikes around Arizona: Hit the trail with your family this summer," 28 June 2018 The spiritual soul of Catalonia is 24 miles northwest of Barcelona up a winding road that reveals views of towering, Martian-looking rock outcroppings. Smithsonian, "Explore Catalonia’s Most Beautiful Nature Parks," 15 June 2018 On Thursday, Meghan will accompany the monarch on a visit to Chester, which is about 165 miles northwest of London. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, "It's Official! Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Just Announced Their First Royal Tour," 10 June 2018 The remains of more than 140 children and 200 young llamas were found under residential compounds outside the city of Trujillo, in Peru’s northwest, National Geographic reports. Kamakshi Ayyar, Time, "Archaeologists May Have Found the World's Largest Known Child Sacrifice Site in Peru," 27 Apr. 2018 Mount Pleasant is about 155 miles northwest of Detroit. Andrew Blankstein, NBC News, "Student sought in killing of parents at Central Michigan University in custody," 3 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

On Friday morning, a few customers browsed shelves at L.E.P.D. Firearms & Range, a small gun shop on the northwest side of Columbus. Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati.com, "'The day after the election, it's just like somebody turned a faucet off.' 'Trump slump' in gun sales continues despite control debate.," 5 Mar. 2018 Monday's forecast calls for sunshine with a high near 80 and northwest wind around 5 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon, according to the weather service. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Thousands lose power as severe storms hit southeast Wisconsin," 1 July 2018 That secured Turkey's hold on northwest Syria, but also brought it close to Syrian government forces. Sarah El Deeb, Fox News, "Blurring the border, Turkey deepens roots in northern Syria," 19 June 2018 But that optimistic prediction was made before Turkey launched an offensive into the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in northwest Syria in late January — a move that has further scrambled the geopolitics of the region. NBC News, "White House chaos jeopardizes war on ISIS, U.S. commanders warn," 30 Mar. 2018 Another sunny day on Saturday should yield high temperatures near 13 degrees as wind chills fall to around minus 18 degrees in Indy with a 5 mph west northwest wind. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Dangerous cold, snow and rain to storm Central Indiana's weekend weather," 5 Jan. 2018 Deputies found 37-year-old Jason Maas lying face down in his own blood on Sunday morning in front of a credit union in northwest Houston, according to a news release from the Harris County Sheriff's Office. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "He got 'pranked' by his girlfriend's husband — so he stabbed him to death, Texas cops say," 3 July 2018 The first time my dad rode his Vincent to the Ace, which was on a ring road in northwest London, an argument was taking place out front, where bikes were lined up in gleaming rows. Rachel Kushner, The New Yorker, "Finding Yourself in Film," 4 June 2017 That 139-acre tax district would include a neighborhood park in its northwest corner. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Oak Creek could spend $30 million for new business park which might land Foxconn suppliers," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Located about three and a half hours northwest of Sacramento in Covelo, the ranch land stretches across Trinity and Mendocino counties. David Caraccio, sacbee, "Dean Witter created this 27,000-acre Northern California ranch. It's for sale for $31 million," 19 June 2018 Thunderstorms associated with a weak cold front approaching from the northern Great Plains remain well west and northwest of Chicago through Saturday, but will be arriving Sunday, especially in the afternoon and at night. Tom Skilling, chicagotribune.com, "Oppressive heat, high humidity grip Chicago," 29 June 2018 But by late evening and overnight, winds should start to come from the west and northwest behind the front, bringing drier air and clearing skies. Dan Stillman, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Not as nice today, but then a streak of winning weather into the weekend," 13 June 2018 Gorman Falls Trail, Colorado Bend State Park: One of the most beautiful parts of any state park in Texas, Gorman Falls is right past the entrance of Colorado Bend State Park, about two hours northwest of Austin. Dale Blasingame, San Antonio Express-News, "The top 6 hikes in Texas state parks," 11 June 2018 The fire has stayed near the canyon's western side, burning through rough terrain, as winds push smoke west and northwest. Kimberly Rapanut, azcentral, "Wildfire in northwest Arizona grows to 230 acres, 25 percent containment," 29 May 2018 An hour northwest of Dallas, Texas, the king of the cowboys is practicing for the richest rodeo of the year—ten days of high-stakes competition that will make or break his season. Melissa Lyttle, Smithsonian, "The First Family of Rodeo," 13 Dec. 2017 The company broke ground on the property, which is northwest of Texas 35 and Bailey Road, in late 2015. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "FloWorks International completes new Pearland facility," 17 May 2018 Underscoring the security threat, were Friday's bombings the first of which killed four people in the northwest near the election rally of a senior politician from an Islamist party. NBC News, "More than 100 people killed in Pakistan election violence," 14 July 2018

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First Known Use of northwest

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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northwest

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of northwest

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: to or toward the northwest

northwest

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of northwest (Entry 2 of 3)

: located in the northwest

: blowing from the northwest

northwest

noun

English Language Learners Definition of northwest (Entry 3 of 3)

: the direction between north and west

the northwest : the northwestern part of a country or region; especially : the northwestern part of the U.S.

northwest

adverb
north·​west | \nȯrth-ˈwest \

Kids Definition of northwest

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: to or toward the direction between north and west It's northwest of here.

northwest

adjective

Kids Definition of northwest (Entry 2 of 3)

: placed toward, facing, or coming from the northwest a northwest wind

northwest

noun

Kids Definition of northwest (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : the direction between north and west

2 capitalized : regions or countries northwest of a point that is mentioned or understood

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