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

Examples of northwestward in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb or adjective Larry, a Category 3 hurricane, has continued moving northwestward with no change in strength. Julia Musto, Fox News, 8 Sep. 2021 The wave, located several hundreds miles off the African coast, had low chances of developing by early next week and is expected to move northwestward at 5 to 10 mph. David Fleshler,, 21 Aug. 2021 However, its chances diminish as the system moves northwestward and over cooler waters. Joe Mario Pedersen,, 3 Aug. 2021 The ridge of high pressure allowing for the warming will begin to move northwestward later in the weekend and should make room for more marine air and cooler temperatures by the beginning of next week. oregonlive, 21 July 2021 Elsa will continue to move northwestward over the next couple of days, passing over Cuba Sunday into Monday before impacting Florida and the Southeast later Monday into the middle of the week. Star Tribune, 3 July 2021 The system is expected to slowly develop over the week, moving northwestward at 20 miles per hour. Hannah Gard And Haley Brink, CNN, 28 June 2021 The airy lodgepole pines seem to be patiently waiting for their Whitehorse brethren to drop their seeds northwestward. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, 19 June 2021 The storm’s center of circulation will drift into Honduras in the coming days and work northwestward before emerging over the Caribbean once again on Friday. Washington Post, 4 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Nicholas wasn’t moving much as of Sunday evening but was expected to resume a north-northwestward motion at about 12 mph later tonight, the hurricane center said. Leigh Morgan, al, 12 Sep. 2021 The hurricane was churning 190 miles east of Bermuda and moving north-northwestward at 16 mph. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 9 Sep. 2021 The hurricane was moving west near 17 mph and a general westward to west-northwestward motion was forecast through Friday – followed by a general westward to west-southwestward motion. Julia Musto, Fox News, 19 Aug. 2021 The tropical storm is currently tracking west-northwestward at 35 kph (22 mph) according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center. Hannah Gard And Taylor Ward, CNN, 26 July 2021 Smoke can be seen from the GOES-17 satellite expanding northwestward toward Phoenix, as well as trailing north through Arizona as far as the Four Corners. Hannah Gard And Monica Garrett, CNN, 15 June 2021 Zeta is nearly stationary, but a slow northwestward motion is expected later in the day. Kyle Whitfield,, 25 Oct. 2020 Gradual development is possible through the middle of the week as the disturbance moves slowly northward or north-northwestward over the western Caribbean Sea, NHC said. Staff Report,, 18 Oct. 2020 There is an expectation of some development as the system moves slowly northward or north-northwestward, the NHC said. Paola Pérez,, 17 Oct. 2020

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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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“Northwestward.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of northwestward

: toward the northwest


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