northwestward

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adverb or adjective

north·​west·​ward nȯr(th)-ˈwes-twərd How to pronounce northwestward (audio)
: toward the northwest
northwestwards adverb

northwestward

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noun

Examples of northwestward in a Sentence

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Adverb or adjective
By the end of the weekend, the hurricane should move northwestward toward northeastern Mexico and southern Texas. Saleen Martin, USA TODAY, 5 July 2024 As of Friday afternoon, Beryl is moving northwestward. Malia Mendez, Los Angeles Times, 5 July 2024 The low is expected to drift slowly northwestward or northward Saturday before dissipating tonight. Angie Dimichele, Sun Sentinel, 22 June 2024 Flowing northwestward through the Appalachian Mountains, the river can be easily accessed from Chattanooga. Lydia Mansel, Travel + Leisure, 15 Jan. 2024 If the storm system’s center tracks farther inland, a ribbon of warm, moist air may be dragged northwestward across the Outer Banks and the southern Delmarva. Matthew Cappucci, Washington Post, 21 Sep. 2023 It was forecast to move away from the northern Philippines on Thursday and barrel northwestward to graze past Taiwan’s southwestern coast before hitting southeastern China on Friday. Jim Gomez, Chicago Tribune, 26 July 2023 The storm is expected to continue to drift northwestward in coming days and track along the coastline before turning to the northeast and dissipating near the northern Yellow Sea, according to Wednesday morning’s forecast discussion from the U.S. Navy’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center. Karina Tsui, Washington Post, 14 Sep. 2022 At the start of the infrared view, Lekima whirls northwestward, looking all the world like a buzzsaw aimed at Ishigaki Island, home to one of Japan’s southernmost cities. Tom Yulsman, Discover Magazine, 10 Aug. 2019
Noun
The system is expected to move west-northwestward and be in the central Caribbean this weekend. Richard Tribou, Orlando Sentinel, 22 Sep. 2022 Thunderstorms are still churning in the Caribbean on Friday, though, and extend from the Windward Islands west-northwestward for several hundred miles. Richard Tribou, Orlando Sentinel, 28 Oct. 2022 The system is located well east of Bermuda will move west-northwestward between 15 and 20 mph, the hurricane center said. Angie Dimichele, Sun Sentinel, 23 Oct. 2022 Julia or its remnants will then turn west-northwestward near the Pacific coast of Central America by Monday. Leigh Morgan, al, 8 Oct. 2022 The storm resumed a slow northwestward motion near the Virgin Islands Sunday night. Richard Tribou, Orlando Sentinel, 5 Sep. 2022 Meanwhile, forecasters say an area of low pressure located off Africa’s west coast could form into a tropical depression this week, and gradual development is possible as this system moves generally west-northwestward in the Atlantic. Angie Dimichele, Sun Sentinel, 8 Sep. 2022 Forecasters say an area of low pressure located off Africa’s west coast could form into a tropical depression this week, and gradual development is possible as this system moves generally west-northwestward in the Atlantic. Victoria Ballard, Chicago Tribune, 6 Sep. 2022 Forecasters say an area of low pressure could form later this week from a tropical wave near Africa, and gradual development is possible as this system moves generally west-northwestward in the Atlantic. Richard Tribou, Orlando Sentinel, 5 Sep. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

Adverb Or Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1758, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of northwestward was in the 14th century

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“Northwestward.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/northwestward. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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northwestward

adverb or adjective
north·​west·​ward
nȯrth-ˈwes-twərd
: toward the northwest
northwestwards
-twərdz
adverb
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