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southwest

[south-west; Nautical sou-west] /ˌsaʊθˈwɛst; Nautical ˌsaʊˈwɛst/
noun
1.
the point or direction midway between south and west.
Abbreviation: SW.
2.
a region in this direction.
3.
the Southwest, 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
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English sūthwest. See south, west
Related forms
southwestern, adjective
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Examples for southwest
  • But the southwest-where hot peppers are a dietary staple-has a much lower incidence, half in some places.
  • In northern and southwest areas, winter wheat harvests could shrink due to shifting seasons and less rain when it is needed.
  • The tree has thrived in the southwest, crowding out native trees.
  • Low swells from the southwest, scattered am fog, turning to smooth seas and sunny skies by noon.
  • Simplicity, for example, is intuitively attractive--southwest's goal of being the low-fare airline is elegant in its minimalism.
  • We build and maintain the state-owned highway system over a seven county region in the southwest portion of the state.
  • Much of the southwest is not much better, although there are some significant exceptions.
British Dictionary definitions for southwest

southwest

/ˌsaʊθˈwɛst; nautical ˌsaʊˈwɛst/
noun
1.
the point of the compass or the direction midway between west and south, 225° clockwise from north
2.
(often cap) usually preceded by the. any area lying in or towards this direction
adjective
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
adverb
6.
in, to, towards, or (esp of the wind) from the southwest
SW
Derived Forms
southwesternmost, adjective

Southwest

/ˌsaʊθˈwɛst/
noun
1.
the Southwest, the southwestern part of Britain, esp Cornwall, Devon, and Somerset
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Word Origin and History for southwest
adv.

Old English suð-west; see south + west. As a noun from early 12c. Related: Southwester; southwesterly.

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