southwest

[south-west; Nautical sou-west]
noun
1.
the point or direction midway between south and west. Abbreviation: SW
2.
a region in this direction.
3.
the southwest region of the United States.
adjective
4.
lying toward, situated in, or directed toward the southwest.
5.
coming from the southwest, as a wind.
adverb
6.
in the direction midway between south and west.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English; Old English sūthwest. See south, west

southwestern, adjective
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southwest (ˌsaʊθˈwɛst, nautical ˌsaʊˈwɛst)
 
n (usually preceded by the)
1.  the point of the compass or the direction midway between west and south, 225° clockwise from north
2.  any area lying in or towards this direction
 
adj
3.  (sometimes capital) of or denoting the southwestern part of a specified country, area, etc: southwest Italy
4.  situated in or towards the southwest
5.  (esp of the wind) from the southwest
 
adv
6.  in, to, towards, or (esp of the wind) from the southwest
 
south'westernmost
 
adj

Southwest (ˌsaʊθˈwɛst)
 
n
the Southwest the southwestern part of Britain, esp Cornwall, Devon, and Somerset

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Example sentences
But the southwest-where hot peppers are a dietary staple-has a much lower incidence, half in some places.
Much of the southwest is not much better, although there are some significant exceptions.
In northern and southwest areas, winter wheat harvests could shrink due to shifting seasons and less rain when it is needed.
We build and maintain the state-owned highway system over a seven county region in the southwest portion of the state.
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