southwest

adverb
south·​west | \sau̇th-ˈwest, naut sau̇-ˈwest\

Definition of southwest 

(Entry 1 of 3)

: to, toward, or in the southwest

southwest

noun

Definition of southwest (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : 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

adjective

Definition of southwest (Entry 3 of 3)

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Authorities in Iowa ruled out the possibility that a body of a white woman discovered more than 100 miles southwest of where Mollie Tibbetts was last seen is that of the missing college student. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Body found miles from where Mollie Tibbetts was last seen not missing college student, police say," 6 Aug. 2018 Once The Sun Inn, this Georgian-era property is close to the town center of this historic town, located 60 miles southwest of London. Ruth Bloomfield, WSJ, "The Luxurious Second Life of Defunct English Pubs," 12 Sep. 2018 The new statement says the U.S. military assesses that no civilians were killed in Thursday's strike about 30 miles southwest of Mogadishu. Fox News, "US airstrike in Somalia against al-Shabab kills 12 fighters," 1 June 2018 The sizable surf is the result of Hurricane Fabio, which on Tuesday was more than 600 miles southwest of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula, according to the weather service. Hannah Fry, latimes.com, "Big surf and high temperatures will greet beach crowds this week," 3 July 2018 The 67-year-old ex-agent was living in Salisbury, a cathedral city 90 miles southwest of London, when he was struck down along with his daughter, Yulia, who was visiting him. chicagotribune.com, "Woman exposed to same nerve agent used on ex-Russian spy in England dies; police open murder investigation," 9 July 2018 Prosecutors said a 33-year-old man was killed and a second suspect arrested after gunfire erupted at 3 a.m. EDT at the event in the city of Trenton, about 60 miles southwest of New York City. Anchorage Daily News, "Suspect dead after 20 hurt in shooting at New Jersey arts festival," 17 June 2018 Rescuers searching for victims in San Miguel Los Lotes, a village about 22 miles southwest of Guatemala City, on Monday. Anthony Harrup And, WSJ, "Guatemala Searches for Missing After Deadly Volcano Eruption," 4 June 2018 Chris is located about 245 miles southeast of Halifax, Nova Scotia, and about 470 miles southwest of Cape Race, Newfoundland. Stephen Ruiz, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Tropical Storm Chris expected to become post-tropical Thursday," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The first phase — a US$3-million test involving two flights of a steerable balloon 20 kilometres above the southwest United States — could launch as early as the first half of 2019. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "Geoengineering is a last-ditch option to stall global warming — and it’s getting a first test," 30 Nov. 2018 She’s been tied for third or better in three of her last four starts, and went 67-67 on the weekend to prevail at the tour championship on this southwest Florida track last year. Tim Reynolds, The Seattle Times, "Jutanugarn looks to close out huge 2018 with CME Globe," 14 Nov. 2018 Hurricane Rosa is a major hurricane in the Pacific that will impact Baja California next week with heavy rain and possible flooding for the Desert southwest. Janice Dean, Fox News, "Much colder air moving into the Northern Plains, watching Hurricane Rosa bring possible flooding to the Southwest," 28 Sep. 2018 Completed in 1933 in Paimio, southwest Finland, the modernist building operated as a treatment center for tuberculosis until the 1960s, when it was converted into a general hospital. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Alvar Aalto’s iconic sanatorium under threat as new buyer sought," 27 Sep. 2018 More than 100 tons of dead fish have washed up on the shores of southwest Florida as a result of a natural disaster known as red tide. Jewel Wicker, Teen Vogue, "Florida’s Red Tide is Killing Hundreds of Sea Animals," 16 Aug. 2018 On Tuesday, the popular retailer released a lookbook (fashion speak for a collection of photos showcasing next season's pieces) containing clothes inspired by the American southwest. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Madewell's Fall '18 Collection​ Solves All Your Transitional Dressing Dilemmas," 25 July 2018 Nearly three times higher than Venus in the southwest sky (albeit one-sixth as bright) will be another brilliant planet: Jupiter. Joe Rao, Space.com, "The Moon Has a Close Encounter with Saturn on Tuesday Night," 23 July 2018 Fox or his brother Tom own and operate five Fox’s restaurants in Chicago and the southwest suburbs. Kimberly Fornek, chicagotribune.com, "Fox's restaurant in Hinsdale closed; 'I tried so hard to make it work,' owner says," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

For instance, the 42-acre Charlotte Premium Outlets in southwest Charlotte pays $761,000 a year in city and county property taxes. Steve Harrison, charlotteobserver, "NFL teams are building state-of-the-art practice palaces. Is 'Panthers Park' coming?," 28 June 2018 Roquefort, the pungent artisanal blue cheese from southwest France, was threatened with especially punitive 300 percent tariffs, prompting angry sheep farmers to storm a McDonald’s in the town of Millau, the center of the Roquefort-producing region. James B. Stewart, New York Times, "What Trump Should Learn From the ‘Banana War’," 22 June 2018 Its aim was to gain independence from Spain and establish a state in the north of Spain and southwest France. James Masters And Claudia Rebaza, CNN, "Basque separatist group ETA announces full dissolution," 2 May 2018 On the other hand, there's an Ameztoi Rubentis rosé txakolina that's as fresh and nostril tickling as any sparkler, along with a delightfully funky unfiltered Cauhapé Quest Gros Manseng from Jurançon in southwest France. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "Bar Biscay is a trippy vision of a land far away," 5 Apr. 2018 That package was received in the morning at the National Defense University at Fort McNair, in southwest Washington, near Nationals Park. Martin Weil, chicagotribune.com, "'Suspicious packages' received at military installations in Washington area," 27 Mar. 2018 French gendarmes block the access to Trebes, where a man took hostages at a supermarket on March 23, 2018 in Trebes, southwest France. Lisa Marie Segarra, Time, "3 Hostages Dead, Suspect Killed by Police: The Latest on the French Hostage Siege," 23 Mar. 2018 Someone called 911 saying gunshots had been fired at a home in southwest Charlotte, according to a police news release. Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Washington Post, "A murder suspect ambushed police at their headquarters — and was killed in a shootout," 12 Jan. 2018 The state Democratic Party filed a complaint against the elections board of Dougherty County, in southwest Georgia. Cameron Mcwhirter, WSJ, "Brian Kemp Resigns as Georgia Election Head to Plan for Governor Job; Stacey Abrams Not Conceding," 8 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of southwest

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

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southwest

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of southwest

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: to or toward the southwest

southwest

noun

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

: the direction between south and west

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

southwest

adjective

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

: located in the southwest

: blowing from the southwest

southwest

adverb
south·​west | \sau̇th-ˈwest \

Kids Definition of southwest

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: to or toward the direction between south and west The town is southwest of here.

southwest

adjective

Kids Definition of southwest (Entry 2 of 3)

: placed toward, facing, or coming from the southwest southwest winds

southwest

noun

Kids Definition of southwest (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : the direction between south and west

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

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