north·​west·​ern | \ nȯr(th)-ˈwe-stərn \

Definition of northwestern

1 often capitalized : of, relating to, or characteristic of a region conventionally designated Northwest
2 : lying toward or coming from the northwest

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Other Words from northwestern

northwesternmost \ nȯr(th)-​ˈwe-​stərn-​ˌmōst \ adjective

Examples of northwestern in a Sentence

the northwestern corner of the state

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USA Today reports that the Eastern Tennessee seismic zone is one of the most active earthquake areas in the region, extending across the state and into northwestern Georgia and northeastern Alabama. Megan Stein, Country Living, "A 4.4 Magnitude Earthquake Just Shocked Everyone in the South," 12 Dec. 2018 The crater lies beneath Hiawatha Glacier in northwestern Greenland. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Huge, previously unknown impact crater found beneath Greenland’s ice," 18 Nov. 2018 To the six angry Democrat Gosars—see you at Mom and Dad’s house! #AZ04 #MAGA2018 — Paul Gosar (@DrPaulGosar) September 22, 2018 The 4th congressional district encompasses the western and northwestern part of Arizona. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar blames Obama for siblings' attack ad," 25 Sep. 2018 In May, a grizzly wounded a bear researcher working in the Cabinet Mountains of northwestern Montana. Matt Volz, The Seattle Times, "Grizzly attacks hunter in mountains north of Yellowstone," 15 Oct. 2018 For months, the marches were limited to Fridays but Wednesday's protest is the third this week, with new grounds including Gaza's northwestern tip at the Mediterranean where land and sea boundaries converge. Fox News, "Gaza protests escalate after deal to ease blockade fails," 19 Sep. 2018 Late Holocene bison jumps are found more broadly than just the northwestern Plains. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Native Americans managed the prairie for better bison hunts," 25 July 2018 The actions are positive signs for a development-minded city whose Community Redevelopment Agency board recently approved the Hallandale City Center, a major revitalization project in its northwestern section. David Lyons,, "Bond ratings, new projects signal positive financial outlook for Hallandale Beach," 20 June 2018 Areas in northwestern Fort Bend County, southeast Waller County and west central Harris County are under a flood advisory until about 7:45 a.m., meteorologists said. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "More rain expected today in Houston area," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of northwestern

1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of northwestern

: in, toward, or from the northwest

: of or relating to the northwest


north·​west·​ern | \ nȯrth-ˈwe-stərn \

Kids Definition of northwestern

1 often capitalized : of, relating to, or like that of the Northwest northwestern wildflowers
2 : lying toward or coming from the northwest the northwestern part of the state

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