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

From that winery, drive more than three hours northwest into the Meseta Central, the heart of Spain, then continue west beyond bustling Madrid. Ellen Bhang, BostonGlobe.com, "Distinctive Spanish pours are a breath of fresh air," 23 Apr. 2018 Garrett Stephen Bouldin was driving northwest in the right lane at 11500 Tower Oaks Blvd. Autumn Rendall, Houston Chronicle, "Man ejected from car in fatal roll-over wreck," 3 Mar. 2018 Fast forward about 150 years from the Constitutional Convention and drive just 90 miles northwest from Philadelphia’s Independence Hall. Lillian Cunningham, Washington Post, "Episode 16 of the Constitutional podcast: ‘The First Amendment’," 29 Jan. 2018 The storm is currently located between the Cabo Verde Islands and the Lesser Antilles, and is expected to move west or west-northwest over the ocean. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "Meteorologists watching tropical depression in Atlantic," 5 July 2018 The National Hurricane Center said in its 11 a.m. ET advisory that Hurricane Bud is packing sustained winds of 125 mph, and is centered about 325 miles south-southeast of Cabo San Lucas at the tip of the Baja peninsula, moving northwest at 7 mph. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Hurricane Bud now a Category 3 storm, forecast to weaken before hitting Mexico's Baja," 13 June 2018 The property, about 44 miles northwest of downtown, has more than ¾-mile of frontage along U.S. 290. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Wolff Cos. bets on the U.S. 290 for its next development," 13 July 2018 The County fire began June 30 in the rural community of Guinda, about 45 miles northwest of Sacramento. Javier Panzar, latimes.com, "Northern California fire sparked by faulty electric fence," 12 July 2018 Thirty miles northwest of Madrid lies one of Europe’s largest mass graves. Joseph Zeballos-roig, The New Republic, "How to Dig Up a Dictator," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 Cumberland Farms will open a new gas station and convenience store at the northwest corner of Hypoluxo and Jog roads, in unincorporated Lake Worth, west of Boynton Beach. Austen Erblat, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Cumberland Farms coming to unincorporated Lake Worth," 6 July 2018 The Astronomy Festival on the National Mall will be held from 6 to 11 p.m. at 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, the northwest corner of the grounds of the Washington Monument. Blaine Friedlander, Washington Post, "Space nerds, mark your calendar — Astronomy night on the Mall is Saturday," 20 June 2018 Robert Hansen’s The Pointe calls for 64 rental units to be built at the northwest corner of 143rd Street and Southwest Highway, just west of the Ninety7Fifty on the Park apartments. Mike Nolan, Daily Southtown, "Apartments planned for Orland Park site near Main Street Triangle," 19 June 2018 On bike and on foot, people hit the hilly paths of the Presidio, the national park on a former Army base in San Francisco, many of them heading toward the northwest corner of the park overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. Jane Margolies, New York Times, "Once Home to Soldiers, Former Presidio Fort Will House New Residents," 19 June 2018 On Friday, Rafanelli & Nahas submitted an application for a planning permit to the city of Boise for a $40 million to $45 million high rise on the northwest corner of 11th and Idaho streets. John Sowell, idahostatesman, "Now it's a Downtown Boise parking lot. Soon it may be a 10-story building with a park," 12 June 2018 The eclectic Front Porch Stage, with extended hours for 2018, has moved from the roof of the Harris Theater to Wrigley Square, at the park's northwest corner near Randolph and Michigan. David Whiteis, Chicago Reader, "The Reader’s guide to the 2018 Chicago Blues Festival," 5 June 2018 That space is in the campus’ northwest corner, which is currently a grassy area. Elizabeth Marie Himchak, Pomerado News, "Two 4S Ranch campuses to get new classrooms," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 The first bomb that killed four people exploded in the northwest near the election rally of a senior politician from an Islamist party who is running for parliament from the northwestern town of Bannu. Zaheer Babar And Abdul Sattar, chicagotribune.com, "74 dead in election violence in Pakistan," 13 July 2018 The first bomb that killed four people exploded in the northwest near the election rally of a senior politician from an Islamist party who is running for parliament from the northwestern town of Bannu. Zaheer Babar And Abdul Sattar, USA TODAY, "At least 74 people killed in Pakistan election violence," 13 July 2018 An earlier bombing Friday killed four people in the northwest near the election rally of a senior politician from an Islamist party who is running for Parliament from the northwestern town of Bannu. Zaheer Babar, BostonGlobe.com, "132 people die in election violence ahead of Sharif’s return," 13 July 2018 In the northwest, a candidate escaped injury in an attack on his convoy that killed four people. Salman Masood, New York Times, "Nawaz Sharif Is Arrested on Return to Pakistan, Amid Turmoil and Bloodshed," 13 July 2018 Rebel spokesman Lam Paul Gabriel blamed government forces for attacking their positions in the northwest of the country. Okech Francis, Bloomberg.com, "South Sudan Fighting After Cease-Fire Leaves at Least 15 Dead," 30 June 2018 The Christian church has shared its space since 2015 as the group works on plans to open the Islamic Center of Peoria, which would include the first mosque north of the Loop 101 in the northwest Valley. Laura Gómez, azcentral, "Muslim community finds place to celebrate Ramadan at Glendale Christian church," 15 June 2018 The images, shot on May 19, show that many of the structures -- including impact pads and a support structure that can hold up a missile at Iha-ri, in the northwest of the country, have been razed. Joshua Berlinger, CNN, "North Korea razes missile test site, monitoring group 38 North says," 6 June 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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