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Definitions for northwest
ˌnɔrθˈwɛst; Naut. ˌnɔr-north·west

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Northwest, northwestern United Statesnoun

    the northwestern region of the United States

  2. northwestnoun

    the direction corresponding to the northwestward compass point

  3. northwest, nor'-west, northwestward, NWnoun

    the compass point midway between north and west; at 315 degrees

  4. northwestadjective

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

  5. northwestern, northwesterly, northwestadjective

    situated in or oriented toward the northwest

  6. northwesterly, northwestadverb

    coming from the northwest

    "northwesterly winds"

  7. northwest, north-west, nor'-westadverb

    to, toward, or in the northwest


  1. northwestnoun

    The compass point halfway between north and west, bearing 315°, abbreviated as NW.

  2. northwestadjective

    Towards the northwest, northwestwards, northwestern

  3. Etymology: From north + west

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Northwestnoun

    The point between the north and west.

    Etymology: north and west.

    The bathing places that they may remain under the sun until evening, he exposeth unto the summer setting, that is northwest. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours, b. vi.


  1. northwest

    Northwest is a cardinal direction on a compass, positioned approximately halfway between north and west. It can also refer to a location or region situated in the northwestern part of a particular area, city or country.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Northwestnoun

    the point in the horizon between the north and west, and equally distant from each; the northwest part or region

  2. Northwestadjective

    pertaining to, or in the direction of, the point between the north and west; being in the northwest; toward the northwest, or coming from the northwest; as, the northwest coast

  3. Northwestadjective

    coming from the northwest; as, a northwest wind

  4. Northwestadverb

    toward the northwest

  5. Etymology: [AS. norwest.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of northwest in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of northwest in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of northwest in a Sentence

  1. Sinan Ulgen:

    The dynamic in Syria was going against Turkish interests, first, Islamic State was expanding northwest and continuing to take ground along the border.

  2. Dan Ferguson:

    We burned more acres in Washington and Oregon last year than any year before. The Northwest got clobbered. we're dryer now than at this time last year, and we're six weeks ahead of schedule.

  3. Robert Turner:

    The authors of that amendment purposely chose language drafted by Jefferson in an unsuccessful effort to outlaw slavery in the Northwest Territories as a means of honoring Jefferson’s struggle against slavery, if Democrats understood Jefferson’s lifelong opposition to slavery, they would have reached a different conclusion.

  4. Gwen Graham:

    The Northwest Florida Jobs Certainty Act will save more than 250 good-paying manufacturing jobs.

  5. Khalaf Hammad:

    Iraqi security forces backed by volunteers (militias) are controlling central parts of Dhuluiya where the government offices are located, now Islamic State fighters are trapped in small areas in the town's northwest.

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