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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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British Dictionary definitions for northwestern

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 northwestern

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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