northwest

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

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 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

Traveling northwest from Japan and beating down on Taiwan Friday, the storm bore drenching rains and winds of up to 130 miles per hour, according to China’s National Meteorological Center. Fox News, "China braces itself as Typhoon Lekima barrels down with 130 mph winds, heavy rainfall," 10 Aug. 2019 Documents list his address as Las Cruces, Texas, northwest of El Paso. Houston Chronicle, "Pastor accused of preying upon Houston teen who sought help," 9 Aug. 2019 The trio moved to Crawfordsville, Ind., 50 miles northwest of Indianapolis, when Watkins was young. Kori Rumore, chicagotribune.com, "A Tribune reporter wrote the hit play ‘Chicago’ after covering Cook County murder trials. Decades later, we owe her an obituary.," 8 Aug. 2019 This rare gemstone, prized for its dazzling play of color, hides out of sight in the Australian outback beneath a town roughly 450 miles northwest of Sydney. Clare Watson, Smithsonian, "Scientists and Miners Team Up to Preserve Opalized Fossils," 1 Aug. 2019 The Teetertotter Wall was up for about 30 minutes on Sunday, San Fratello said, on a small stretch of border fence in Anapra, N.M., about 20 minutes northwest of El Paso. Eli Rosenberg, Washington Post, "Two artists built seesaws across the U.S.-Mexico border. Then video of kids playing on them went viral," 30 July 2019 When the first English colony was established at Jamestown in 1607, the Douglas fir seedling was about eight years old, growing on a hillside 20 minutes northwest of what is now Corvallis. oregonlive.com, "‘Majestic’ Douglas fir stood for 420 years. Then Oregon State University foresters cut it down," 26 July 2019 Berkeley County Sheriff's Office Deputy William Kimbro stopped the vehicle for speeding on June 11 in the Summerville area, which is about 40 minutes northwest of Charleston, according to a statement posted by the sheriff's department Thursday. Elisha Fieldstadt, NBC News, "Watch South Carolina deputy save newborn baby in car he had stopped for speeding," 12 July 2019 In another incident of agricultural chemical exposure in the Central Valley, nearly 60 farmworkers were exposed to pesticides while working on a vineyard about 30 minutes northwest of Visalia. Julia Wick, latimes.com, "Essential California: Regular Angelenos step up amid a homelessness crisis," 19 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Police are searching for an armed robber caught on home surveillance video stealing from a lawn care worker in broad daylight at a northwest Houston home. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Police searching for armed robber seen on camera stealing from yard worker in broad daylight," 13 Aug. 2019 An Excessive Heat Warning is in effect for northwest Alabama, and a Heat Advisory is in effect along and east of I-65. Leigh Morgan, al, "Just how hot will it feel in Alabama today? Excessive heat warnings continue," 13 Aug. 2019 Dallas police are asking for the public's help to find the person who is responsible for a fatal stabbing Sunday night in northwest Dallas. Sara Coello, Dallas News, "Man fatally stabbed in northwest Dallas parking lot," 12 Aug. 2019 The fire was reported in Erie, a northwest lake town, at about 1:15 a.m. Sunday, Chief Guy Santone of the Erie Fire Department said. CBS News, "5 children killed in fire at Pennsylvania day care center," 12 Aug. 2019 David was born and raised in the northwest hills of Connecticut. courant.com, "David James Graskoski," 7 Aug. 2019 Friday and Saturday, northwest winds are expected to bring in cooler air, creating a favorable environment for waterspouts, Sefcovic said. Laura Johnston, cleveland.com, "Waterspouts pop up in Lake Erie; forecast calls for more possible," 7 Aug. 2019 The Salish Sea is a network of coastal waterways located around southwest British Columbia and northwest Washington state. Helen Murphy, PEOPLE.com, "Southern Resident Killer Whale Population Drops to 73 as 3 Orcas Are Presumed Dead," 7 Aug. 2019 The South Fork Nooksack River in northwest Washington state is home to nine species of Pacific salmon, including Chinook, according to NOAA's National Center for Environmental Information. Alisha Ebrahimji, CNN, "3 orcas from an extremely endangered group are presumed dead, leaving only 73," 7 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The first plan, to have an all-star concert with the likes of Jay-Z, Dead & Company, the Killers and more in Watkins Glen, New York, some 115 miles (185 kilometers) northwest of the original 1969 concert — was scuttled after the venue backed out. Mesfin Fekadu, USA TODAY, "Woodstock co-founder on failed 50th: 'It's not been surprising that we weren't able to pull this off'," 5 Aug. 2019 Woodstock 50 was originally supposed to take place across three main stages at Watkins Glen International racetrack in Watkins Glen, New York, about 115 miles (185 kilometers) northwest of the original site, but the venue pulled out. Mesfin Fekadu, The Denver Post, "Organizers finally cancel troubled Woodstock 50 festival," 31 July 2019 At his chilly warehouse northwest of Miami International Airport, Leal and his partner, Fabian Alvarez, pump out massive blocks of clear ice every five days. Phillip Valys, sun-sentinel.com, "Nice ice, baby: Fancy ‘clear ice’ taking South Florida cocktails to cooler heights," 26 July 2019 The festivities were supposed to take place across three main stages at Watkins Glen International racetrack in Watkins Glen, New York, about 115 miles (185 kilometers) northwest of the original site, but the venue pulled out. baltimoresun.com, "AP Source: Jay-Z pulls out of Woodstock 50 performance," 26 July 2019 The festivities were supposed to take place across three main stages at Watkins Glen International racetrack in Watkins Glen, New York, about 115 miles (185 kilometers) northwest of the original site, but the venue pulled out. Mesfin Fekadu, Fortune, "Jay-Z Is Said to Drop Out of the Reportedly Relocated Woodstock 50 Festival," 26 July 2019 The previous Friday, Aletta reached Category 4 intensity just to its northwest. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "Category 3 Hurricane Bud forecast to strike Mexico as strong tropical storm," 12 June 2018 As in past years, the plurality, or perhaps majority, of attendants drove five hours from the northwest to see the show. Chris Varias, Cincinnati.com, "Bobby Brown makes for memorable Cincinnati Music Festival," 27 July 2019 Light breezes at 5 to 10 mph mainly from the northwest, but gustier near any thunderstorms that develop. Matt Rogers, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Cooler with showers today, then comfortably warm and bright through Friday," 23 July 2019

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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 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.

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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