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

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 But the brewery in Relay, Maryland, just southwest of Baltimore, will produce Guinness Blonde American Lager, currently made at City Brewing in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "Guinness looks to tap into craft beer creativity with new US brewery, opening Aug. 3," 29 June 2018 This year, the team will hold its training camp there, after having it for 50 years in Manketo, a college town 80 miles southwest of Minneapolis. Steve Harrison, charlotteobserver, "NFL teams are building state-of-the-art practice palaces. Is 'Panthers Park' coming?," 28 June 2018 The car accident occurred just southwest of downtown Greenville, South Carolina. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "Man with gun face tattoo arrested for unlawful possession of a firearm," 19 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Government forces launched an offensive to recapture southwest Syria and the areas neighboring Jordan and Israel on June 19. Philip Issa, Fox News, "Syrian rebels agree to give up Daraa, cradle of 2011 revolt," 13 July 2018 Instead, segments of the northeast and southwest Beltline loop would be built and connected with the Atlanta Streetcar downtown. J. Scott Trubey, ajc, "Atlanta Beltline group pushes MARTA for funding of full rail loop," 12 July 2018 Route #18, from south and southwest on Preston Highway and Dixie Highway. Jeffrey Lee Puckett, The Courier-Journal, "From parking garages to public transit, here's how to get to Forecastle," 11 July 2018 Now, evidence from the site of Shangchen, in the Loess Plateau approximately 1200 kilometers southwest of Beijing, is shaking up that view. Ann Gibbons, Science | AAAS, "Our ancestors may have left Africa hundreds of thousands of years earlier than thought," 11 July 2018 Pike County Sheriff Kenny Cotton told The Enterprise-Journal of McComb that the attacker entered a Social Security Administration office in the southwest Mississippi city Monday morning and stabbed two people. NBC News, "Mississippi man stabs relatives in federal office — shot dead by security guard," 9 July 2018 But instead of a broad surrender agreement that would cover the entire southwest pocket—which includes Daraa and Qunietra provinces—rebel fighters in individual towns have struck their own deals to cede control to the regime. Raja Abdulrahim, WSJ, "Syrian Regime Takes Key Border Crossing as More Rebel Towns Surrender," 6 July 2018 Armando Treviño, 71, was arrested Monday, accused of picking up a pair of Honduran immigrants who were abandoned by their smuggling guide along U.S. 83 southwest of Cotulla, according to federal court documents. Guillermo Contreras, San Antonio Express-News, "Lawyer and Chicano activist charged in San Antonio with transporting immigrants," 6 July 2018 Police are working to determine if a Wednesday night shooting at a southwest Atlanta apartment complex is connected to a triple shooting at the same complex last month. Chelsea Prince, ajc, "Police investigate second shooting at SW Atlanta apartments in 2 months," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Another man was shot at about 1:25 p.m. in the 1800 block of Ramsay Street on the southwest side of the city, police said. Colin Campbell, baltimoresun.com, "Man, 31, killed, another injured in Baltimore shootings Sunday," 1 July 2018 Matthew O’Shea, of the 19th Ward on the far southwest side, where St. Cajetan’s and McNally’s are located, and passed unanimously. Robert Mccoppin, chicagotribune.com, "Queen of Hearts raffles with big jackpots spreading to Chicago bars," 22 June 2018 Costello's precinct office is on the southwest side of the city, a 15-minute drive from his house, and faces higher crime rates and an economically diverse terrain that brings its own set of challenges. Cassie Spodak, CNN, "Atlanta police program bringing more cops home," 1 June 2018 Freddy Martinez, of the southwest side, is a visiting fellow with the Freedom of the Press Foundation in San Francisco. Freddy Martinez, Chicago Reader, "Groups fight huge expansion of police drone monitoring of protests," 29 May 2018 The Veterans to Farmers’ hydroponics course has been taught for the last three years at Rebel Farm’s sprawling greenhouse in southwest Denver, which is owned by Lauren Brettschneider and Jack Olson. Christopher Carbone, Fox News, "Farming nonprofit helps vets with PTSD reintegrate into civilian life," 4 July 2018 British police have been scouring sections of Salisbury and Amesbury in southwest England, searching for a container feared to be contaminated with traces of the deadly nerve agent Novichok. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "Innovative project harnesses Legos and smartphones in the fight against invisible, deadly weapons," 13 July 2018 The exposure of an apparently random British couple to the same nerve agent used against former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal, in the same part of southwest England, has sent officials scrambling to discover the source of the contamination. NBC News, "U.K. woman dies after exposure to Novichok, the same nerve agent used in Skripal attack," 8 July 2018 An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew out of Coast Guard Air Station Miami got to the ship, then 64 miles southwest of Key West, around 4:45 p.m. The Sky is scheduled to spend Thursday in Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas and return to Miami on Friday morning. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "Coast Guard medevacs senior citizen off Norweigian Sky cruise ship as it leaves Cuba," 5 July 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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