southwest

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adverb

south·​west sau̇th-ˈwest How to pronounce southwest (audio)
 nautical  sau̇-ˈwest
: to, toward, or in the southwest

southwest

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noun

1
a
: the general direction between south and west
b
: the point midway between the south and west compass points
2
capitalized : regions or countries lying to the southwest of a specified or implied point of orientation
especially : the southwestern part of the U.S.

southwest

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adjective

1
: coming from the southwest
a southwest wind
2
: situated toward or at the southwest
the southwest corner

Examples of southwest in a Sentence

Adverb It's about 80 miles southwest of here. Noun A mountain range is in the southwest of the country. These plants grow in the Southwest. Adjective the southwest corner of the building
Recent Examples on the Web
Adverb
Now, she’s been sentenced but avoided prison time recommended by prosecutors after the theft ended at the Lava Bluff mobile home park in Hurricane, about 300 miles southwest of Salt Lake City, court records show. Julia Marnin, Sacramento Bee, 9 Apr. 2024 The quake was followed by a 3.8 magnitude around 6 p.m., with an epicenter about four miles southwest of Gladstone, New Jersey according to the USGS. USA TODAY, 8 Apr. 2024 The earthquake’s epicenter was about 11 miles southwest of Hualien City, the gateway to the popular Taroko National Park, which sees over 2 million visitors a year. Rachel Chang, Condé Nast Traveler, 4 Apr. 2024 Cody’s decision to execute a search warrant at a newsroom, seizing journalists’ materials, has been widely condemned and thrust the town of fewer than 2,000 people, about 160 miles southwest of Kansas City, into the national spotlight. Glenn E. Rice, Kansas City Star, 3 Apr. 2024 North northeast wind will run from 7 to 16 mph, becoming south southwest in the afternoon. Chris Sims, The Indianapolis Star, 2 Apr. 2024 Explore Big Pine Key Day 4: 15 miles southwest of Marathon is Big Pine Key. Caroline Rogers, Southern Living, 2 Apr. 2024 Southeast winds around 5 mph, becoming southwest after midnight. Erin Couch, The Enquirer, 31 Mar. 2024 Last month, The United Kingdom's National Crime Agency announced that 6.3 tons of cocaine was seized from a container on Feb. 8 at Southampton Port, roughly 80 miles southwest of London. Sarah Al-Arshani, USA TODAY, 27 Mar. 2024
Noun
Another video from a separate location along Al Rashid Street, released by Al Jazeera, also shows horizontal tracer rounds, likely originating from the southwest, traveling left to right as a huge crowd gathers around the trucks. Katie Polglase, CNN, 9 Apr. 2024 Light winds are mainly from the southwest at five to 10 mph. Matt Rogers, Washington Post, 9 Apr. 2024 Hundreds of cities in 13 states are along the path of totality for the eclipse, which will move across North America from southwest to northeast. Eric Lagatta, USA TODAY, 8 Apr. 2024 The 2024 Great American solar eclipse is coming Monday as the moon blocks the sun's light from the southwest to northeast corners of the country. Jordyn Noennig, Journal Sentinel, 8 Apr. 2024 To honor his achievements, the US Board on Geographic Names approved the naming of a glacier southwest of McMurdo Station, the main research base on Antarctica, after him. David Kushner, WIRED, 4 Apr. 2024 But southwest of Lake Okeechobee, lows should be near 60. Omar Rodríguez Ortiz, Miami Herald, 28 Mar. 2024 During Lent, Simone prepares a weekly fish dinner smothered in a creamy sauce with a distinct hint of nutmeg, at her home in Issy-les-Moulineaux, a suburb southwest of the city. Shane Mitchell, Saveur, 28 Mar. 2024 Hundreds of cities in 13 states are on the path of totality for this year's total solar eclipse, which will pass from southwest to northeast across North America. Eric Lagatta, USA TODAY, 30 Mar. 2024
Adjective
The southwest corners of the intersections will be reconstructed with new curbs, curb ramps and signal equipment. Brianna Taylor, Sacramento Bee, 9 Apr. 2024 Michigan is also home to several dark sky parks, including the T.K. Lawless Park in the southwest corner of the state, Headlands Park in the northern Lower Peninsula, and the Keweenaw Dark Sky Park at the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula in the Upper Peninsula. Detroit Free Press, 8 Apr. 2024 Cherry Ave Garage has access to the stadium through the southwest corner. The Arizona Republic, 8 Apr. 2024 Visitors can walk right up to the traffic circle at the southwest corner of Central Park. Kayla Keegan, Peoplemag, 6 Apr. 2024 The incident coincided with the reentry of the ISS pallet, which plummeted through the atmosphere on the same day over the Gulf of Mexico, ultimately heading toward southwest Florida. Passant Rabie / Gizmodo, Quartz, 2 Apr. 2024 The high temperature will be near 77, with a southwest wind of 10 to 14 mph. The Courier-Journal, 31 Mar. 2024 Fans entering the southwest entrance can see this banner showing multiple players from the team with World Series champions on the ends. Lawrence Dow, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 28 Mar. 2024 Monday night: There will be showers and possibly a thunderstorm, with a low around 61 and southwest wind around 11 mph. The Courier-Journal, 31 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

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

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of southwest was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Southwest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/southwest. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

southwest

1 of 3 adverb
south·​west sau̇th-ˈwest How to pronounce southwest (audio)
 nautical  sau̇-ˈwest
: to or toward the southwest

southwest

2 of 3 noun
1
: the direction between south and west
2
capitalized : regions or countries southwest of a point that is mentioned or understood

southwest

3 of 3 adjective
1
: coming from the southwest
a southwest wind
2
: situated toward or at the southwest
the southwest corner

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