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northerly

[nawr-th er-lee] /ˈnɔr ðər li/
adjective
1.
moving, directed, or situated toward the north.
2.
(especially of a wind) coming from the north:
a northerly gale.
adverb
3.
toward the north.
4.
from the north.
noun, plural northerlies.
5.
a wind that blows from the north.
Origin
1545-1555
1545-55; north + -erly, modeled on easterly
Related forms
northerliness, noun
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Examples from the web for northerly
  • The tree's decline is blamed on global warming, which is why cooler, more northerly spots are being sought.
  • Only three interstates run completely coast to coast: one northerly, one southerly and one down the middle.
  • It seems that this would push the forest line northerly.
  • As it happened, the direction in those years was northerly.
  • They receive much of their precipitation as snow, and their northerly location moderates their temperatures.
  • When kicked up by a strong northerly wind, the dust became a severe irritant, smoking the insurgents out of their caves.
  • Strong northerly winds are possible during spring and autumn burning seasons, but are rare.
British Dictionary definitions for northerly

northerly

/ˈnɔːðəlɪ/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or situated in the north
adverb, adjective
2.
towards or in the direction of the north
3.
from the north: a northerly wind
noun (pl) -lies
4.
a wind from the north
Derived Forms
northerliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for northerly
adj., adv.

1550s, from northern + -ly (2) on pattern of easterly, westerly.

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