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[south-ee-ster-lee; Nautical sou-ee-ster-lee] /ˌsaʊθˈi stər li; Nautical ˌsaʊˈi stər li/
adjective, adverb
toward or from the southeast.
Origin of southeasterly
1700-10; south + easterly Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Lake Huron, which was the water the fugitives were now on, lies nearly parallel to Michigan, and the course was southeasterly.

    Oak Openings James Fenimore Cooper
  • The route from Baraboo to Parfrey's is along the Merrimack road in a southeasterly direction.

  • Cuba had always interested him, and he judged it ought to lie in a southeasterly direction from Boston.

    The Master Key L. Frank Baum
  • On the north side of the equator we have a northeasterly wind, and a southeasterly wind on the south side.

  • It starts from the south side of the Nonni-Sungari junction and proceeds in a southeasterly direction across the plain to Nungan.

  • They find that the Modocs have gone in a southeasterly direction.

    Wigwam and War-path; Or the Royal Chief in Chains A. B. (Alfred Benjamin) Meacham
  • The stream flowed off in a southeasterly direction, so that by following it they went towards the volcanoes.

    A Journey in Other Worlds John Jacob Astor
  • Finally we turned to the left and moved toward the James river, in a southeasterly direction from Richmond.

    From Bull Run to Appomattox Luther W. Hopkins
  • They sailed in a southeasterly direction, and landed on the continent of South America, in about thirty degrees south latitude.

  • Suddenly I heard a cannon fire, seemingly a mile away, in a southeasterly direction.

    Who Goes There? Blackwood Ketcham Benson
British Dictionary definitions for southeasterly


/ˌsaʊθˈiːstəlɪ; nautical ˌsaʊˈiːstəlɪ/
adjective, adverb
in, towards, or (esp of a wind) from the southeast
noun (pl) -lies
a strong wind or storm from the southeast
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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