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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 southwestern
  • In the southwestern part of the country, an urban settlement evolved in turku.
  • The city is the economic and cultural centre of southwestern bulgaria.
British Dictionary definitions for southwestern

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 southwestern
adj.

Old English suðwesterne; see southwest + -ern. In reference to a section of the U.S., from 1806, when it meant "Mississippi and Alabama."

southwest

adv.

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

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