adverb or adjective
north·​west·​ward | \ nȯr(th)-ˈwes-twərd How to pronounce northwestward (audio) \

Definition of northwestward

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: toward the northwest



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Adverb or adjective

northwestwards \ nȯr(th)-​ˈwes-​twərdz How to pronounce northwestwards (audio) \ adverb

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Dorian moving off the Florida coast The National Hurricane Center said early Wednesday that Dorian is moving north-northwestward off the Florida coast. CBS News, "Hurricane Dorian moving up East Coast after leaving Bahamas in ruins," 4 Sep. 2019 This is important to keep in mind over the next few days as Hurricane Dorian continues to move northwestward toward the United States. Dave Epstein,, "Here’s the latest on Hurricane Dorian’s path," 28 Aug. 2019 This system is expected to move west-northwestward across the Caribbean and the Greater Antilles during the next few days, bringing locally heavy rainfall and possibly some flooding across portions of these islands, the hurricane center said. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Strengthening Tropical Storm Erick forecast to approach Hawaii by week's end," 30 July 2019 The National Hurricane Center as of Sunday evening is watching a tropical wave southeast of Puerto Rico that could move northwestward and affect that island and possibly South Florida next week. Leigh Morgan, al, "Hurricane forecasters watching a tropical wave that could head toward South Florida this week," 28 July 2019 Earthquakes happen as the southwestern side of California slides up northwestward toward Alaska, compared to its northeastern half. Rong-gong Lin Ii,, "Ridgecrest earthquake packed the power of 45 nuclear bombs, but its impact was muted," 13 July 2019 Hurricane Florence is moving northwestward, and will be something to watch over the next week or so. Janice Dean, Fox News, "East Coast and Bermuda need to watch Hurricane Florence," 6 Sep. 2018 During the last day or so, forecast models have trended toward a more northward track that would bring Lane westward, then northwestward, before turning due north toward the Hawaiian Islands by Thursday or Friday. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Hurricane Lane likely to skirt Hawaiian islands, but flooding probable [Updated]," 22 Aug. 2018 That included the massive glacial Lake Agassiz, which stretched from the Great Lakes northwestward across much of Canada. Christopher Mooney,, "Scientists may have solved a huge riddle that led to more than 1,000 years of cold on Earth. It doesn’t bode well," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Dorian was located about 95 miles east of Daytona Beach, Fla., moving north-northwestward at 8 mph. Fox News, "Hurricane Dorian lashes Florida with tropical storm conditions, as Carolinas brace for 'very close brush'," 3 Sep. 2019 The National Hurricane Center expects Dorian to resume a west-northwestward motion overnight, followed by a turn northwest late Tuesday night and a northeastward motion forecasted to begin by Wednesday night. Adam Lichtenstein,, "Stationary Hurricane Dorian keeps hammering Bahamas," 2 Sep. 2019 Some slow development of this system is possible over the next day or two as the disturbance moves west-northwestward toward the northern Lesser Antilles. Joe Mario Pedersen,, "Tropical wave crawls closer to Florida as odds of growth into tropical depression drop to 20%," 3 Aug. 2019 It was centered 210 miles east of Martinique and was moving west-northwestward at 23 mph. CBS News, "Tropical Storm Beryl speeding rapidly toward eastern Caribbean," 8 July 2018 It was centered 240 miles (380 kilometers) east-southeast of Barbados and was moving west northwestward at 20 mph (31 kph). Danica Coto, Houston Chronicle, "Weakened Beryl moving to Caribbean; Chris forms in Atlantic," 8 July 2018 Alberto is expected to continue chugging in a north-northeastward direction Saturday, followed by a slower north-northwestward motion on Sunday and Monday. Hanna Krueger,, "Subtropical Storm Alberto speeds up as it enters Gulf: Latest update," 26 May 2018 That's because a nor'easter slamming the East Coast will take a northwestward turn to impact Northeast Ohio, in addition to an upper-level area of low pressure pushing across the Great Lakes. Staff,, "Comment here on court and crime stories for Wednesday, March 7, 2018," 7 Mar. 2018 Upper-level winds are expected to remain unfavorable for development over the weekend while the system moves west-northwestward at 15 to 20 mph and passes near or north of the Leeward Islands and the Virgin Islands. National Hurricane Center,, "Atlantic system unlikely to develop over the weekend," 13 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of northwestward

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14th century, in the meaning defined above


1758, in the meaning defined above

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: toward the northwest

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