What does Southwest mean?

Definitions for Southwest
ˌsaʊθˈwɛst; Naut. ˌsaʊ-south·west

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. southwest, sou'-west, southwestward, SWnoun

    the compass point midway between south and west; at 225 degrees

  2. Southwest, southwestern United Statesnoun

    the southwestern region of the United States generally including New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, Nevada, California, and sometimes Utah and Colorado

  3. southwestnoun

    the direction corresponding to the southwestward compass point

  4. southwestadjective

    a location in the southwestern part of a country, region, or city

  5. southwesterly, southwestadjective

    coming from the southwest

    "the winds are southwesterly"

  6. southwest, southwestern, southwesterlyadverb

    situated in or oriented toward the southwest

  7. southwest, south-west, sou'westadverb

    to, toward, or in the southwest


  1. southwestnoun

    The compass point halfway between south and west, specifically 225°, abbreviated as SW.

  2. southwestadjective

    Towards the southwest, southwestwards, southwestern.

  3. southwestadjective

    From the southwest, southwesterly

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Southwestnoun

    Point between the South and West; Winter sun-set.

    Etymology: South and West.

    Phenice is an haven of Crete, and lieth toward the Southwest. Acts xxvii. 12.

    The planting of trees warm upon a wall against the South, or Southeast sun, doth hasten their coming on and ripening; and the Southeast is found to be better than the Southwest, tho’ the Southwest be the hotter coast. Francis Bacon, Natural History.


  1. southwest

    Southwest refers to the direction that is halfway between south and west. It can also refer to a region or area located in this direction. Used as an adjective, southwest means situated in, coming from, or facing this direction.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Southwestnoun

    the point of the compass equally from the south and the west; the southwest part or region

  2. Southwestadjective

    pertaining to, or in the direction of, the southwest; proceeding toward the southwest; coming from the southwest; as, a southwest wind

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Southwest in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Southwest in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of Southwest in a Sentence

  1. Chad Michael Murray:

    I’m wearing the same clothes from yesterday that I boarded the plane with yesterday…they lost my luggage…thank you very much Southwest!

  2. Chelsea Peters:

    To offset the long-term drought across the southwest, we would need multiple years of both a wet winter and wet monsoon season.

  3. Erika Stewart:

    The whole plane clapped for her, it was a wonderful experience on Southwest. We are forever grateful to have met such a beautiful, selfless soul.

  4. Scott Handel:

    The Southwest monsoon season is slightly favored for 2021, confidence in below-normal precipitation is generally higher for eastern areas of the monsoon region.

  5. Matthew Bennett:

    It's the first unequivocal site and a good data point that places people in the American southwest around the last glacial maximum.

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