southeast

adverb
south·​east | \sau̇th-ˈēst, naut sau̇-ˈēst\

Definition of southeast 

(Entry 1 of 3)

: to, toward, or in the southeast

southeast

noun

Definition of southeast (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : the general direction between south and east

b : the point midway between the south and east compass points

2 capitalized : regions or countries lying to the southeast of a specified or implied point of orientation

southeast

adjective

Definition of southeast (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : coming from the southeast a southeast wind

2 : situated toward or at the southeast the southeast corner

Examples of southeast in a Sentence

Adverb

It's a few miles southeast of here.

Noun

A mountain range is in the southeast of the country. Rain is moving into the Southeast. He grew up in the Southeast.

Adjective

My office is in the southeast corner of the building.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Service will be available in portions of four municipalities southeast of Phoenix: Chandler, Tempe, Mesa, and Gilbert. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Waymo One, the groundbreaking self-driving taxi service, explained," 5 Dec. 2018 Near the Donna-Rio Bravo International Bridge about 22 miles southeast of McAllen, troops on Monday were working on what looked to be a staging area to prepare for coming work. Alicia A. Caldwell, WSJ, "U.S. Troops’ First Order at the Border: Laying Razor Wire," 6 Nov. 2018 Key Biscayne is about 7 miles southeast of Miami, just south of Miami Beach. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "Toddler's birthday at beach results in bacterial infections, mom says," 29 July 2018 At least 10 people were killed when a 17-year-old gunman opened fire at the high school, located about 30 miles southeast of Houston, before the first class periods of the day. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros' A.J. Hinch on Santa Fe shooting: No more condolences, just answers," 18 May 2018 Bats prefer warmer climates, and temperatures between 85-100° F. Face the bat home south to southeast—that way, when the sun rises, the bat house catches the heat and warms up. Emily O'brien, Good Housekeeping, "5 Ways To Attract Bats To Your Yard," 20 Oct. 2016 The yacht is in Australia's search and rescue zone 3,500 kilometers (2,200 miles) southwest of the Australian city of Perth and 3,000 kilometers southeast of the French island Reunion, Gaden said. Rod Mcguirk, Fox News, "French boat to rescue injured Indian sailor from yacht," 24 Sep. 2018 Later evening dampness possible for areas further southeast of town. A. Camden Walker, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Steamy and wet at times today, but a cold front’s going to deliver a spectacular weekend," 6 July 2018 The highway runs from northwest to southeast between Canton and Ball Ground at this location, crossing the railroad tracks just east of Ball Ground Highway. David Ibata, ajc, "E. Cherokee Drive to be closed at railroad," 29 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Alaska Volcano Observatory scientists said Wednesday that overnight ash emissions from Mount Veniaminof (VEN’-ee-ah-mean-off) generated an ash plume that drifted more than 150 miles (241 kilometers) to the southeast. Rachel D'oro, The Seattle Times, "Ash from Alaska volcano prompts aviation warning," 21 Nov. 2018 About 24 miles to the southeast, aerial footage of Mexico Beach, a community of about 1,200 near Michael’s landfall site, showed almost complete devastation, with street after street of buildings reduced to rubble. Jon Kamp And Arian Campo-flores, WSJ, "Michael Blasts Deadly Path Across Several Southern States," 11 Oct. 2018 The center of the storm is located about 80 miles to the southeast of Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, moving quickly toward the northwest at about 20 mph. Greg Porter, Washington Post, "Typhoon Maria, lashing Taiwan with strong winds and heavy rain, is headed for China’s east coast," 10 July 2018 Infrastructure remains a crisis in the southeast, where approximately 1.5 million people are without power. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Hurricane Michael Death Toll Rises to 11, Infrastructure in Crisis Throughout Southeast," 11 Oct. 2018 The 1997-1998 event resulted in flooding in the southeast, a severe ice storm in the northeast, $550 million in rain and flood damages in California, and tornadoes in Florida. Megan Barber, Curbed, "El Niño watch: Here’s what it means for cities," 19 Sep. 2018 In the southeast of the country and the megacity of Lagos, adult-literacy levels are now above 80% and the government is building a number of special economic zones. Gabriele Steinhauser, WSJ, "Extreme Poverty Concentrates in Sub-Saharan Africa," 18 Sep. 2018 Sweet potatoes have been grown in Louisiana and across the southeast for more than 200 years. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "What is the difference between sweet potatoes and yams?," 17 Mar. 2018 According to Aviation Week & Space Technology, an experimental MiG-31 flew its first flight in September at the Zhukovsky aviation research center southeast of Moscow. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia’s MiG-31 Spotted With Possible Anti-Satellite Missile," 1 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Rent growth was about 5 percent — a bit more than the local median income increase — in Des Moines, south Everett, Kent, the southeast corner of King County, West Seattle and Tukwila. Mike Rosenberg, The Seattle Times, "Construction boom means lots of empty apartments, even some cheaper rents," 8 Oct. 2018 The year-over-year comparison benefitted from weak sales in August 2017, when Hurricane Harvey forced the closure of hundreds of dealerships in southeast Texas, denting the national total. Adrienne Roberts, WSJ, "U.S. Auto Sales Maintain Momentum for Now," 4 Sep. 2018 Slower moving storms are possible in southeast Texas and could produce between 1 and 3 inches of rainfall per hour, according to the National Weather Service Houston/Galveston office. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "More rain forecast today in SE Texas," 9 July 2018 Meanwhile, two of Arnaud's southeast Texas playing peers, Andrew Landry and Chris Stroud, both had advanced to the PGA Tour and found success. Jeff Duncan, NOLA.com, "After 15 years of trying, Covington golf pro Michael Arnaud finally wins big," 24 May 2018 Hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc in southeast Texas last August, flooding countless homes and causing multiple deaths in its first days. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "2018 Is Going to Be Another Bad Hurricane Season. Here's What to Expect," 24 May 2018 The first came two weeks after classes started, when Hurricane Harvey crashed into southeast Texas. Alden Woods, USA TODAY, "Santa Fe High's disastrous year: From devastating floods to tragic school shooting," 22 May 2018 Santa Fe is a largely rural town in a part of southeast Texas that is home to oil refineries and working-class Republicans who own guns and routinely hunt. New York Times, "Anti-Gun Backlash From School Shooting? Probably Not in Texas," 20 May 2018 Mad Island in southeast Texas is the southernmost banding project for Neotropical migrants approaching the United States. Bruce M. Beehler, Smithsonian, "Thirty-Seven Warblers in a Hundred Days," 16 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of southeast

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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southeast

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of southeast

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: to or toward the southeast

southeast

noun

English Language Learners Definition of southeast (Entry 2 of 3)

: the direction between south and east

: the southeastern part of a country or region; especially : the southeastern part of the U.S.

southeast

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of southeast (Entry 3 of 3)

: located in or toward the southeast

: coming from the southeast

southeast

adverb
south·​east | \sau̇th-ˈēst \

Kids Definition of southeast

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: to or toward the direction between south and east We hiked southeast.

southeast

adjective

Kids Definition of southeast (Entry 2 of 3)

: placed toward, facing, or coming from the southeast the southeast corner of town

southeast

noun

Kids Definition of southeast (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : the direction between south and east

2 capitalized : regions or countries southeast of a point that is mentioned or understood

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