northwesterly

adverb or adjective

north·​west·​er·​ly nȯr(th)-ˈwe-stər-lē How to pronounce northwesterly (audio)
1
: from the northwest
2
: toward the northwest

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Showers are expected to move across the I-4 corridor but will move northwesterly after arriving on the East Coast. Garfield Hylton, Orlando Sentinel, 16 Nov. 2022 These western winds are set to expand into the rest of Northern California and the Sacramento Valley starting Friday afternoon, becoming more northwesterly and howling at 35 mph along stretches of San Francisco Bay by Saturday. Gerry Díaz, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 Oct. 2022 On a positive note, the prevailing northwesterly winds were pushing the fire to the southeast, up a mountain and away from Ancient Olympia, authorities said. Demetris Nellas, ajc, 24 July 2022 Sunday will see only a slight chance of thunderstorms after 8 a.m. with mostly sunny conditions and a high near 89 with north-northwesterly winds from 10-15 mph and overnight lows again around 72. Richard Tribou, Orlando Sentinel, 4 June 2022 The resurgent Arctic air rides in on west-northwesterly winds gusting near 25 mph at times. Washington Post, 4 Feb. 2022 That eliminates the inversion lid, or there sometimes is weak offshore flow replacing the northwesterly onshore winds. Los Angeles Times, 11 May 2022 The upper air flow will turn more west to northwesterly and usher in stable air. oregonlive, 21 Apr. 2022 West-to-northwesterly winds initially fanned ashfall north of Barbados, but Saturday the breeze changed direction. Washington Post, 12 Apr. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of northwesterly was circa 1611

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“Northwesterly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/northwesterly. Accessed 26 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

northwesterly

adverb or adjective

north·​west·​er·​ly nȯrth-ˈwes-tər-lē How to pronounce northwesterly (audio)
1
: from the northwest
2
: toward the northwest

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