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north·​west·​er·​ly | \ nȯr(th)-ˈwe-stər-lē How to pronounce northwesterly (audio) \

Definition of northwesterly

1 : from the northwest
2 : toward the northwest

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The region is locked in a slow-motion tectonic collision, as the Pacific plate grinds its northwesterly path against the North American plate. Maya Wei-haas, National Geographic, "Every three minutes, an earthquake strikes in California," 18 Apr. 2019 The day's conditions included strong northwesterly winds and low, dirty water with very little tidal movement. Todd Masson,, "Redfish gobble this bass finesse bait in the marsh," 26 Apr. 2018 Temperatures fight to stay around freezing (32 degrees) early in the day but gusty northwesterly winds between 20-30 mph — coupled with an ever-lowering sun by late day — should try to beat down temperatures even before the sun starts to dip. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Is Mitt Romney the future or the past of the Republican Party?," 2 Feb. 2018 The heaviest precipitation looks to fall along and just west of the Interstate 95 corridor, where northwesterly winds on the left side of the system will bring in cold air and support mainly snow. Matthew Cappucci, Washington Post, "Northeast to face a second nasty nor’easter in five days," 5 Mar. 2018 Behind that, expect breezy north and northwesterly winds through the middle of the week. Carlie Kollath Wells,, "Overnight thunderstorms likely in New Orleans: March 5 forecast," 5 Mar. 2018 Wind chills in the teens are possible, as northwesterly winds potentially howl, perhaps in the 20-30 mph range. A. Camden Walker, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: A mild Friday starts a short warming trend. Sunday looks like it could be wet.," 26 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of northwesterly

circa 1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of northwesterly

: located in or moving toward the northwest
: blowing from the northwest


adverb or adjective
north·​west·​er·​ly | \ nȯrth-ˈwe-stər-lē How to pronounce northwesterly (audio) \

Kids Definition of northwesterly

1 : from the northwest northwesterly breezes
2 : toward the northwest a northwesterly direction

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