north·​west·​ern | \ nȯr(th)-ˈwe-stərn How to pronounce northwestern (audio) \

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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northwesternmost \ nȯr(th)-​ˈwe-​stərn-​ˌmōst How to pronounce northwesternmost (audio) \ adjective

Examples of northwestern in a Sentence

the northwestern corner of the state

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The storm moved through Watford City, in the northwestern part of the state, shortly after midnight, hitting an RV park the hardest, according to sheriff's officials. CBS News, "Newborn baby killed, dozens injured when tornado strikes North Dakota city," 11 July 2018 Seven Chinese middle school students died Friday when a man attacked them outside their school in northwestern China, state media reported, and 12 more were injured. Simon Denyer,, "Attacker kills seven middle school students in China, wounds another 12," 27 Apr. 2018 The attack was blamed on separatist extremists from the Turkic Muslim Uighur ethnic group native to northwestern China., "Van Carrying Gas Tanks Plows Into Pedestrians in Shanghai," 2 Feb. 2018 For more than 30 years, a lasagna-loving tabby has been washing up on the beaches of northwestern France. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "A 35-Year-Old Garfield Novelty Telephone Mystery Has Been Solved," 29 Mar. 2019 Following the Louisiana Purchase, a new treaty in 1818 corrected this problem, by running the border due south from Angle Inlet, the northwestern tip of the lake, to the 49th parallel. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "This Tiny Minnesota Town Is Completely Surrounded by Canada," 5 Nov. 2018 Like Long, Paul hails from Trump Country, having grown up in rural northwestern Indiana. Time, "Why Trump’s ‘Forgotten Man’ Still Supports Him," 15 Feb. 2018 University of Sydney archaeologist Gino Caspari and his colleagues searched for Scythian burial mounds, or kurgans, in high-resolution satellite images of a 110 square kilometer (68.4 square mile) area of the Xinjiang province in northwestern China. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Satellites watch over the graves of ancient steppe nomads," 26 Dec. 2018 Idlib is located in the northwestern corner of Syria. Zeina Karam, Fox News, "Q&A: Idlib battle a climactic end to Syria rebellion?," 13 Sep. 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 How to pronounce northwestern (audio) \

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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