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northwest

[nawrth-west; Nautical nawr-west] /ˌnɔrθˈwɛst; Nautical ˌnɔrˈwɛst/
noun
1.
a point on the compass midway between north and west.
Abbreviation: NW.
2.
a region in this direction.
3.
the Northwest,
  1. the northwestern part of the United States, especially Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.
  2. the northwestern part of the United States when its western boundary was the Mississippi River.
  3. the northwestern part of Canada.
adjective
4.
Also, northwestern. coming from the northwest:
a northwest wind.
5.
directed toward the northwest:
sailing a northwest course.
adverb
6.
from the northwest.
7.
toward the northwest:
sailing northwest.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English, Old English; see north, west
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Examples from the web for northwest
  • She also wishes him to have the shutters opened and the house aired on that day, and a fire lighted in the northwest room.
  • In the northwest it means more water used for electricity production and less for fish habitat bad for salmon.
  • The emphasis in the northwest region is on texture and presentation style.
  • northwest says it might return if a profit can be guaranteed, possibly in the way of local subsidies.
  • The pacific northwest and the northeast both have many excellent sites as well.
  • northwest bakersfield has one major shopping center, the northwest promenade.
  • And newton border it on the northwest and south respectively.
British Dictionary definitions for northwest

northwest

/ˌnɔːθˈwɛst; nautical ˌnɔːˈwɛst/
noun
1.
the point of the compass or direction midway between north and west, 315° clockwise from north
2.
(often capital) the northwest, any area lying in or towards this direction
adjective
3.
(sometimes capital) of or denoting the northwestern part of a specified country, area, etc: northwest Greenland
adjective, adverb
4.
in, to, towards, or (esp of the wind) from the northwest
NW
Derived Forms
northwesternmost, adjective

Northwest

/ˌnɔːθˈwɛst/
noun
1.
the northwestern part of England, esp Lancashire and the Lake District
2.
the northwestern part of the US, consisting of the states of Washington, Oregon, and sometimes Idaho
3.
(in Canada) the region north and west of the Great Lakes
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Word Origin and History for northwest

Old English norðwest (adv.); from north + west. As a noun from late 14c. Related: Northwestern; northwesterly; northwestward. Northwest Passage first attested c.1600.

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