southeast

adverb
south·​east | \ sau̇th-ˈēst How to pronounce southeast (audio) , 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

Totality first makes landfall near La Serena, Chile, which will experience 2 minutes and 17 seconds of darkness, and then move southeast into Argentina. Mary Forgione, latimes.com, "Don’t miss South America’s solar eclipse. Here’s where to watch online," 2 July 2019 The shadow then glides southeast through central Argentina, leaving the Earth's surface at local sunset just before reaching Río de la Plata and the nation of Uruguay. Andrew Fazekas, National Geographic, "How to watch South America’s total eclipse from anywhere," 2 July 2019 Five other data centers, including Apple, operate or are planned in southeast Mesa, where the city has invested to create a tech corridor. Riley Murdock, azcentral, "Mesa lands Google data center. Here's a look at the deal," 28 June 2019 Deputies said a Hyundai Sonata was traveling southeast on the highway when the man, believed to be in his 30s, crossed from north to south. Julian Gill, Houston Chronicle, "Pedestrian hit, killed while crossing Tomball Parkway in NW Harris County," 25 June 2019 The derecho is curving southeast, said CNN meteorologist Robert Shackelford, and is expected to move through the Dallas area to Louisiana Sunday evening. Amir Vera, CNN, "An Oklahoma woman drowned after her car was swept away by floodwaters," 23 June 2019 Brazil, for example, filed an application in December 2018 that included the Rio Grande Rise, a deep-ocean mountain range 1500 kilometers southeast of Rio De Janeiro that's covered in cobalt-rich ferromanganese crusts. Richard Kemeny, Science | AAAS, "As countries battle for control of North Pole, science is the ultimate winner," 20 June 2019 And earlier this month, Widder and Sönke Johnsen led a team of explorers that captured the elusive giant squid on camera again, this time in the Gulf of Mexico in U.S. waters, about 100 miles southeast of New Orleans. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, "'Witnessing a bit of history': How researchers captured a giant squid on camera in US," 24 June 2019 And with days to go until the end of the two-week expedition, 100 miles southeast of New Orleans, a giant squid took the bait. The Washington Post, al.com, "Giant squid spotted in Gulf of Mexico in rare video," 24 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Though there is no rain in the weather forecast, Peterich said the good news is that the winds may change direction Monday afternoon and blow from the southeast. Linda Trischitta, sun-sentinel.com, "Smell fire or see smoke in the air? A wildfire sparked by lightning is burning in western Broward.," 24 June 2019 Mike Sweet, president of Ben E. Keith Foods, said that acquisition three years ago was seen as the company’s opportunity to expand in the southeast. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al.com, "Food distribution company plans $100 million Coffee County facility," 26 June 2019 This projection means even tree species that are now very common in the southeast—such as Protium altissimum, which produces a valuable aromatic resin and fruits that are relished by monkeys—may be in danger. Tim Vernimmen, Scientific American, "Business as Usual Threatens Thousands of Amazon Tree Species," 24 June 2019 Tell that to Gerry Clarkson, who leads the Ashford borough council in the southeast of England. Peter S. Goodman, New York Times, "Austerity Has Ravaged U.K. Communities. It Has Also Spurred Reinvention.," 22 June 2019 The audacious plan to build the largest renewable-energy project in North America, and deliver it power-hungry customers in the southeast, was coming together. Russell Gold, WSJ, "Building the Wind Turbines Was Easy. The Hard Part Was Plugging Them In," 22 June 2019 The regional averages were 1.89 drums per stop in the north (48% increase from 2018), 0.81 in the central (up 35%), 0.10 in the southwest (down 17%) and 0.01 in the southeast (down 50%). Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ruffed grouse drumming counts up 41% statewide," 15 June 2019 The Saturday killings were near the reservation community of White Swan, about 150 miles (241 kilometers) southeast of Seattle. Fox News, "2 charged in connection with 5 deaths on Yakama reservation," 11 June 2019 The school is in Gary, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) southeast of Chicago. Shannon Hall, The Courier-Journal, "An Indiana teacher awards autistic boy with the ‘most annoying male’ trophy for the year," 5 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Other interesting whites included the 2017 Occhipinti SP68 Bianco ($30), made chiefly from the aromatic Zibibbo grape by superstar producer Arianna Occhipinti in the warm Vittoria region of southeast Sicily. Lettie Teague, WSJ, "Sicily’s Under-the-Radar Whites: Great Wines If You Can Get Them," 11 July 2019 The coal boom in the Powder River Basin — the largest coal basin in the US, the source of 40 percent of American coal, spanning northeast Wyoming and southeast Montana — dates back to the early 1970s. David Roberts, Vox, "Coal left Appalachia devastated. Now it’s doing the same to Wyoming.," 9 July 2019 In the winter, great whites then migrate back to the southeast United States or Gulf of Mexico. Matthew Prensky, baltimoresun.com, "Great white shark detected near Chincoteague — but beachgoers shouldn't worry, expert says," 6 July 2019 The victim was found around midnight at a convenience store in the 3300 block of Vaughn Boulevard in southeast Fort Worth, police said. Loyd Brumfield, Dallas News, "Victim survives after being shot multiple times at Fort Worth convenience store," 5 July 2019 The longer season is great for tomatoes, but warmer temperatures have brought ticks and garter snakes to southeast Alaska, Lowenfels said. Richard Read, latimes.com, "Baked Alaska: It’s beach time as a heat wave hits cities across the state," 5 July 2019 Southern England is seeing an influx of wine producers, with a number of growers from France's Champagne region -- now too warm for reliable wine -- buying up land and planting grapes on the southeast coast of England. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "Climate change means more pesticides in your wine," 3 July 2019 On Tuesday morning, military tanks were first seen arriving here via rail tracks in the southeast part of the city. NBC News, "Trump downplays, defends cost of his Fourth of July event," 3 July 2019 The return of toxic algae is terrible news for the 6 million residents of southeast Florida that rely on Lake Okeechobee for its drinking water in the event of a drought, according to the South Florida Water Management District. Joe Mario Pedersen, orlandosentinel.com, "Toxic algae increases in Lake Okeechobee," 1 July 2019

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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 How to pronounce southeast (audio) \

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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