north·​west | \ nȯrth-ˈwest How to pronounce northwest (audio) , nautical nȯr-ˈwest How to pronounce northwest (audio) \

Definition of northwest

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: to, toward, or in the northwest



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



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
variants: or Noordwes \ ˌnȯrd-​ˈwes How to pronounce Noordwes (audio) , ˌnȯrt-​ \

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 But the ship, roughly 37 miles northwest of the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah, is moored in waters near areas controlled by Yemen’s northern Houthi rebels. Sudarsan Raghavan, Washington Post, "After Beirut, an abandoned Yemeni oil tanker is renewing fears of another disastrous explosion," 8 Aug. 2020 Lizza, the chief Washington correspondent for Politico, wrote the story after traveling in August 2018 to Sibley, Iowa, a small farming community 170 miles northwest of Des Moines. David Pitt, Star Tribune, "Judge dismisses Rep. Nunes' lawsuit over Iowa farm story," 6 Aug. 2020 The storm's center was about 55 miles northwest of Quebec City, moving northeast into Canada at 28 mph. The Associated Press,, "Tropical Storm Isaias kills at least 6 along East Coast: See photos of damage," 5 Aug. 2020 In Georgia’s Paulding County, both of Adamus’ children wore masks, though that is not mandatory for the 30,000 students in the county, about 25 miles northwest of Atlanta. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Parents struggle as school reopen despite coronavirus surge," 4 Aug. 2020 As of Friday evening, Isais had maximum sustained winds of 75 mph and is moving northwest at 15 mph. Nick Givas, Fox News, "Hurricane warning issued for parts of Florida as Isaias crosses Bahamas," 1 Aug. 2020 Saturday, Isaias was about 115 miles south-southeast of Nassau, Bahamas, and was moving northwest at 14 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. Amir Vera, CNN, "Bahamas and Florida brace for heavy rain as Hurricane Isaias barrels through the Atlantic," 1 Aug. 2020 Residents have several more hours to prepare, with the storm slowing a bit and moving northwest at 12 mph. Marc Freeman,, "Hurricane Isaias makes landfall in Bahamas as gusts reach South Florida," 1 Aug. 2020 Roy Cooper of North Carolina and Ralph Northam of Virginia also declared states of emergency on Friday in anticipation of the storm, which as of Saturday morning was moving northwest at 12 mph. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "State of emergency issued in three states as Hurricane Isaias barrels toward East Coast," 1 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The land is at the northwest corner of Rose Lane and Orange Beach Boulevard. Kathy Jumper, al, "New subdivision coming to Fairhope," 9 Aug. 2020 August 10th 2004: Cool Canadian air is ushered in on strong northwest winds. Star Tribune, "Sunnier And Less Humid Monday With Highs Slightly Below Average," 9 Aug. 2020 There will be a slight easing of humidity, with dew points falling into the 60s on a light west and northwest wind. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, "PM Update: Any storms this evening could bring heavy rains," 7 Aug. 2020 The average sales price for a home in the oldest part of the city, the northwest portion, is at $147,225, while that average on the city’s eastern census tract is $245,616. cleveland, "University Heights Mayor Brennan says ground could be broken on townhouse project by spring, or earlier," 7 Aug. 2020 The Saint Antoine Dispensary is a health clinic that sits in Roueissat, in the northwest section of Beirut. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Global investors dump shares as Trump’s executive orders spook the markets," 7 Aug. 2020 The 956,020-square-foot warehouse project is being built on more than 47 acres at the northwest corner of Oak Grove Road and Everman Parkway south of Interstate 20. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Funding will kick off South Fort Worth warehouse project," 4 Aug. 2020 What protesters say Bill Pelke's grandmother Ruth Pelke was stabbed to death in northwest Indiana in 1985. Elizabeth Depompei, The Indianapolis Star, "ACLU: Indiana State Police violated death penalty protesters' First Amendment rights," 4 Aug. 2020 Hannah Zsori of Waukesha died at the scene after her vehicle collided with another where Coffee Road meets Racine Avenue at the northwest edge of New Berlin on Friday evening. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Police ID the Waukesha woman who died over the weekend in a car crash in New Berlin," 4 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In January, Russia also scored a victory for Syria, using its veto threat to force the Security Council to adopt a resolution reducing the number of crossing points for aid deliveries from four to two, from Turkey to the northwest. Washington Post, "UN approves aid to Syria’s rebel area through 1 crossing," 12 July 2020 The National Weather Service was also watching another cluster of storms to the northwest of Alabama. Leigh Morgan, al, "More strong storms possible in Alabama this afternoon and tonight," 1 July 2020 In 2013, 19 elite firefighters known as members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots were killed battling a wildfire northwest of Phoenix after a change in wind direction pushed the flames back toward their position., "This day in history," 30 June 2020 The resolution in theory only concerns U.N. aid, which amounts to about 30% of the aid going into the northwest, said Munzer Khalil, the head of the health directorate in Idlib province. Washington Post, "Fear of disaster if UN cuts aid entering rebel-held Syria," 9 July 2020 Daniel González and his sister opened their hotel in 2003 in Asturias, northwest Spain, after taking out a loan to remodel an old townhouse. Dominique Soguel, The Christian Science Monitor, "As tourist drought idles workers, Spain weaves a makeshift safety net," 1 July 2020 The study found that the number of beaver dams in a 100-square-kilometer area surrounding the city of Kotzebue, northwest Alaska, increased from just two in 2002 to 98 in 2019 — a 5,000% increase. Katie Hunt, CNN, "Beavers are gnawing away at the Arctic permafrost, and that's bad for the planet," 29 June 2020 Cinemark is the first major theater chain in North Texas to open its doors, welcoming customers Friday at locations in West Plano, McKinney and northwest Dallas off of Webb Chapel. Dallas News, "‘It’s nice to get out’: Moviegoers return to the theaters as Cinemark reopens in North Texas," 19 June 2020 Cristobal could also bring a few tornadoes across Mississippi, northwest Florida and coastal Alabama. Leada Gore |, al, "Tropical Storm Cristobal: Latest Gulf Coast storm damage photos, videos," 7 June 2020

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First Known Use of northwest


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


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


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

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“Northwest.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of northwest

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: to or toward the northwest



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

: located in the northwest
: blowing from the northwest



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

: the direction between north and west
: the northwestern part of a country or region especially : the northwestern part of the U.S.


north·​west | \ nȯrth-ˈwest How to pronounce northwest (audio) \

Kids Definition of northwest

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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



Kids Definition of northwest (Entry 2 of 3)

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



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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