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

Examples of northwestward in a Sentence

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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 Instead, the growth came in the relatively smaller portion of the Permian that extends northwestward into neighboring New Mexico, according to weekly data from Baker Hughes, a GE company. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "Drilling rig count jumps in Permian, but not in Texas," 4 May 2018 As rain spreads north and northwestward by Wednesday night, the heaviest periods of rainfall could be late in the evening and into Thursday morning. Rosemarie Stein | The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "Portland metro Wednesday weather: Rain moves in by afternoon; high of 56," 21 Mar. 2018 The system is expected to move northwestward toward the coast of Nicaragua and then enter the Gulf of Mexico by the weekend. Stephen Ruiz,, "Tropical storm may hit Gulf Coast as Category 1 hurricane this weekend," 4 Oct. 2017 The National Weather Service said Wednesday that Jose was moving toward the southeast but was expected to make a slow clockwise loop, moving west- northwestward by late Thursday. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "Hurricane Jose not likely to hit U.S. — but forecast is 'tricky'," 13 Sep. 2017 The county is located in southwest Georgia, where Irma's center was churning northwestward toward Alabama on Monday afternoon. CBS News, "Irma leaves widespread devastation in Florida -- live updates," 11 Sep. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Those two things are expected to put Maria on a north-northwestward to northward path over the next few days. Leigh Morgan,, "Hurricane Maria path update: Maria headed north, but forecasters shift track to the west," 23 Sep. 2017 Irma is moving toward the north near 14 mph and a north-northwestward motion with an increase in forward speed is expected by tonight, with that motion continuing through Monday. CBS News, "Hurricane Irma: Powerful storm hits Naples, Florida -- live updates," 10 Sep. 2017 The storm was moving westward at 14 miles an hour and still expected to make a west-northwestward turn on Tuesday., "South Florida urged to prepare as Hurricane Irma grows stronger; Caribbean braces for impact," 5 Sep. 2017

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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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of or relating to a parable or parabola

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