southwest

adverb
south·​west | \ sau̇th-ˈwest How to pronounce southwest (audio) , nautical 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
Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Grantville is around 40 miles southwest of College Park, an Atlanta area city. NBC News, 16 Apr. 2022 The gun range is about 50 miles southwest of Downtown Atlanta. — Please return to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution for updates. Matt Bruce, ajc, 9 Apr. 2022 Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said they were headed southwest to the Ukrainian city of Poltava, and included students from India and China. Yuras Karmanau, Anchorage Daily News, 8 Mar. 2022 Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said they were headed southwest to the Ukrainian city of Poltava, and included students from India and China. Yuras Karmanau, The Christian Science Monitor, 8 Mar. 2022 Devazia Turner lived in Vacaville, about 30 miles southwest of the crime scene, but was from Sacramento, his father told ABC 10. NBC News, 4 Apr. 2022 The village of King Cove, on the Alaska Peninsula about 600 miles southwest of Anchorage, has long sought an 11-mile road extension through Alaska’s Izembek National Wildlife Refuge. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, 4 Apr. 2022 The cable giant announced a 15-year agreement with Constellation Energy Thursday to use power generated by the Blue Sky Solar Project, a solar facility being built on 2,700 acres near Morris, about 60 miles southwest of Chicago. Robert Channick, chicagotribune.com, 31 Mar. 2022 Bessemer itself is located about 20 miles southwest of Birmingham. The Christian Science Monitor, 31 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The plane was southwest of the airport at the time. Alexandra Schonfeld, PEOPLE.com, 11 May 2022 Greene County, which is southwest of Bloomington, encompassed the majority of the district up until new boundaries were drawn in 2021. Rachel Fradette, The Indianapolis Star, 29 Apr. 2022 High temperatures will be in the 50s and the wind will be southwest at 10 to 20 mph with peak gusts up to 35 or 40 mph. Hartford Courant, 18 Apr. 2022 The site is southwest across Mehring Way from the Bengals' current outdoor facility. Scott Wartman, The Enquirer, 8 Apr. 2022 The towns, Lozova and Barvinkove, are southwest of Izium, a city Russian forces seized as part of an apparent drive toward Sloviansk, which military analysts say is strategically critical to Russia’s plan to gain full control of eastern Ukraine. New York Times, 6 Apr. 2022 She was last seen alive March 2, 1996, driving on a rural stretch of Route 29 outside Culpeper, Virginia, which is about 90 minutes southwest of Washington, D.C. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, 3 Apr. 2022 One such place is the legendary Kiawah Island, the South Carolina private golf and residential barrier island set southwest of Charleston. Michael Croley, Robb Report, 1 Apr. 2022 Glenn made a similar argument during his closed-door meeting with librarians in Granbury, which is about an hour’s drive southwest of Dallas. NBC News, 23 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Bagley exited the bus at a stop located on the southwest corner of 19th and Southern avenues, court documents state. Amaris Encinas, The Arizona Republic, 13 May 2022 Matteson police said an officer conducting traffic enforcement shortly after 11 p.m. on Cicero Avenue just south of U.S. 30 heard gunshots coming from the Matteson Town Center, at the southwest corner of those roadways. Mike Nolan, Chicago Tribune, 6 May 2022 The property is on the southwest corner of the intersection of East Insco Road and Brush Arbor Road. Ron Wood, Arkansas Online, 18 Apr. 2022 The storms will exit the southwest corner of the state from 3 a.m.-11 a.m. Thursday. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, 12 Apr. 2022 Gervasi Vineyard is undertaking an ambitious multiuse expansion project with the addition of two structures over 20,000 square feet slated for the southwest corner of the 55-acre estate. Marc Bona, cleveland, 12 Apr. 2022 On Tuesday, Austin assembled defense leaders from more than forty countries—well beyond the NATO framework—at Ramstein, a U.S. base in southwest Germany, to coördinate support for Ukraine. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, 1 May 2022 Texas state troopers monitor cameras and drones looking for migrants or human smugglers on private ranches in southwest Texas. Fox News, 30 Apr. 2022 Most of the arrests occurred primarily in two rural counties in the southwest part of the state, according to DPS data. ProPublica, 30 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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19 Apr 2022

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southwest

adverb
south·​west | \ sau̇th-ˈwest How to pronounce southwest (audio) \

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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