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northeast

[nawrth-eest; Nautical nawr-eest] /ˌnɔrθˈist; Nautical ˌnɔrˈist/
noun
1.
a point on the compass midway between north and east.
Abbreviation: NE.
2.
a region in this direction.
3.
the Northeast, the northeastern part of the United States.
adverb
4.
toward or in the northeast:
sailing northeast.
adjective
5.
coming from the northeast:
a northeast wind.
6.
directed toward the northeast:
a northeast course.
Origin
950
before 950; Middle English, Old English; see north, east
Related forms
northeastern, adjective
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Examples from the web for northeast
  • Cross the street and stroll back into the square and walk back to the northeast corner.
  • More rice and other crops will probably grow in the northeast, thanks to warmer weather and possibly more rain.
  • Then from the green flower, you move northeast to the green fish.
  • One came from the northeast to west horizon which is shown in photo, the other travels from southeast to center of west horizon.
  • And we're about to make a trip across the river to its northeast quadrant.
  • The port is about a mile to the northeast from the mouth of the ditch.
  • The industrialization of the northeast dramatically changed the social structure.
  • The pacific northwest and the northeast both have many excellent sites as well.
  • In the interior northeast, seasonal rainfall is even more extreme.
British Dictionary definitions for northeast

northeast

/ˌnɔːθˈiːst; nautical ˌnɔːrˈiːst/
noun
1.
the point of the compass or direction midway between north and east, 45° clockwise from north
2.
(often capital) the northeast, any area lying in or towards this direction
adjective
3.
(sometimes capital) of or denoting the northeastern part of a specified country, area, etc: northeast Lincolnshire
4.
situated in, proceeding towards, or facing the northeast
5.
(esp of the wind) from the northeast
adverb
6.
in, to, towards, or (esp of the wind) from the northeast
NE
Derived Forms
northeasternmost, adjective

Northeast

/ˌnɔːθˈiːst/
noun
1.
the Northeast, the northeastern part of England, esp Northumberland, Durham, and the Tyneside area
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Word Origin and History for northeast

Old English norð east; see north + east. Related: Northeasterly (1743).

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