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
variants: or Noordwes \ ˌnȯrd-​ˈwes , 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

Residents along the Carolina Coast on Thursday were preparing for Hurricane Florence as the massive Category 2 storm continues on its path northwest at 18 mph. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "Hurricane Florence puts 10M in crosshairs for historic surge; makes move toward Carolinas," 13 Sep. 2018 Winds will be light and from the north/northwest at 5 mph. Greg Porter, Washington Post, "P.M. Update: Another clear and cold night. Clouds return on Sunday.," 10 Mar. 2018 The fire broke out on New Year’s Eve, 2,070 miles northwest of the Hawaiian island of Oahu, which is about half the distance to Japan. Costas Paris, WSJ, "Mitsui Ship Is Ablaze in Middle of Pacific Ocean," 2 Jan. 2019 This year, scores of Kurdish fighters left the ISIS battle to defend Kurdish territory against a Turkish offensive in Syria’s northwest, drawing criticism from the U.S. —Nazih Osseiran contributed to this article. Sune Engel Rasmussen, WSJ, "U.S. Plan to Leave Syria Could Ease Pressure on Islamic State," 19 Dec. 2018 The estate is about 40 miles northwest of 10 Downing Street, the prime minister's official residence in London. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "6 Things You Should Know About Chequers, the British Prime Minister's Country Residence," 12 July 2018 Some early voters in Cobb County, a suburban area northwest of Atlanta, had to stand in line for several hours before casting their ballot, in part because the county has only one early polling place this week. Cameron Mcwhirter, WSJ, "With Hot Governor’s Race, Early Voting Surges in Georgia," 18 Oct. 2018 The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Tuesday that the blaze surging through sparsely populated areas northwest of Sacramento has grown to 109 square miles (280 square kilometers). Fox News, "The Latest: California fire threatening 900 buildings," 4 July 2018 Yasuo Shigeta, a restaurateur, and the creative director Tomoyuki Iwanami have brought over three chefs who specialize in the cooking of the Hida region of Japan, a mountainous area northwest of Tokyo. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "An Outdoor Outpost of Tulum, in Hudson Square," 3 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Thousands of people who were recently displaced by violence in northwest Syria have returned home following a Russia-Turkey deal that averted a government offensive on the last major rebel stronghold, Syrian opposition activists said Wednesday. Fox News, "Thousands back home in north Syria after Russia-Turkey deal," 19 Sep. 2018 The firm recently bought the building that once housed the Sacramento Ballet on the northwest corner of the intersection. Ryan Lillis, sacbee, "Want an affordable apartment near Golden 1 Center? This long-awaited tower just opened," 2 June 2018 Davis said that investigators told him the fire had likely started in a shed on the far northwest side of the property. Crystal Paul, The Seattle Times, "Four-alarm fire at lumber yard on Seattle’s Ship Canal still smoldering," 11 Nov. 2018 Flickr Creative Commons/Matthew Wilder Chicago’s 606, a former industrial rail line turned linear park on the city’s near northwest side, opened in 2015 and has quickly become a part of daily life. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Can high-profile park projects, catalysts for development, play nice with neighboring communities?," 17 July 2018 Liggett was 13 years older than Sherwen, but they’d been born just 30 miles apart, in northwest England, near Liverpool. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Cycling’s Phil Says Goodbye to Cycling’s Paul," 3 Dec. 2018 The most popular destinations were in northwest Indiana, followed by a ring of suburban counties surrounding the city, including DuPage and Lake County. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How a ‘reverse Great Migration’ is reshaping U.S. cities," 31 July 2018 Well, apparently, Trump forgot to break the news to the burgeoning medical marijuana industry and businessmen like Joseph Friedman, the chief operations officer for PDI Medical, a dispensary in the northwest suburbs. Ben Joravsky, Chicago Reader, "News / Politics / Weed Week Trump’s war on medical marijuana putting Illinois dispensaries at 'risk'," 24 Apr. 2018 Potesta's Pizza was legendary in the northwest suburbs back in the day. Shonda Talerico Dudlicek, Lake County News-Sun, "Potesta's sticks with the old ways," 1 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Joseph Beti Assomo said Wednesday, adding that Cameroon’s English-speaking northwest and southwest regions, where separatists are fighting for an independent state, are dangerous for foreigners. Edwin Kindzeka Moki, The Seattle Times, "Cameroon defense minister warns foreigners against travel," 31 Oct. 2018 However, recent trends in the forecast models now indicate a rare—if not unprecedented for an Atlantic hurricane this far north and west—turn to the southwest before Florence resumes its west-northwest motion. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "The Hurricane Florence forecast has gone from bad to worse," 12 Sep. 2018 The months of deadly unrest in Cameroon's northwest and southwest pose a serious challenge to 85-year-old President Paul Biya, who has been in power since 1982 and is running again. Fox News, "Cameroon Anglophone separatists block regional capital," 9 Sep. 2018 Storms, some of them severe, are expected to fire up in northwest and north central Wisconsin later this afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Criminy, it's gonna be hot this weekend. Watch out for severe storms today.," 25 May 2018 The inn is midway between Cordoba to the northwest and Granada to the southeast, each about an hour’s drive. Sheryl Julian, BostonGlobe.com, "From ruin to castle in rural Spain (and you can eat like royalty, too)," 23 May 2018 Flu activity is still high in northwest and east central New Jersey. Stacey Burling, Philly.com, "As Delaware reports 3 more flu deaths, officials warn the season isn't over yet," 9 Apr. 2018 Buschow said the indoor portions of the mall, on the northwest and east sides, were reopened but the open-air portion, where the Paper Source is located, remains closed amid the investigation. James Queally, latimes.com, "Woman dead, man wounded in homicide, attempted suicide at the Oaks mall in Thousand Oaks," 18 Mar. 2018 Dwarf palmettos, the park’s namesake, grow under the trees that dot the park's trails and boaRoadwalks at the 270-acre site northwest of Gonzales and southeast of Luling. Jerry Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, "State parks abound in the San Antonio area," 11 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 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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