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 (nôrth-ēst′, nôr-ēst′)
1. Abbr. NE The direction or point on the mariner's compass halfway between due north and due east, or 45° east of due north.
2. An area or region lying in the northeast.
3. Northeast A region of the northeast United States, generally including the New England states, New York, and sometimes Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
1. To, toward, of, facing, or in the northeast.
2. Originating in or coming from the northeast: a northeast wind.
In, from, or toward the northeast.

north·east′ern adj.


(ˌnɔːθˈiːst; ˌnɔːrˈiːst)
1. (Physical Geography) the point of the compass or direction midway between north and east, 45° clockwise from north
2. (Physical Geography) the northeast (often capital) any area lying in or towards this direction
3. (Physical Geography) (sometimes capital) of or denoting the northeastern part of a specified country, area, etc: northeast Lincolnshire.
4. situated in, proceeding towards, or facing the northeast
5. (Physical Geography) (esp of the wind) from the northeast
(Physical Geography) in, to, towards, or (esp of the wind) from the northeast
Symbol: NE
ˌnorthˈeasternmost adj


(Placename) the Northeast the northeastern part of England, esp Northumberland, Durham, and the Tyneside area


(ˌnɔrθˈist; Naut. ˌnɔr-)

1. a point on the compass midway between north and east. Abbr.: NE
2. a region in this direction.
3. the Northeast, the northeastern part of the United States.
4. in, toward, or facing the northeast: a northeast course.
5. coming from the northeast: a northeast wind.
6. toward the northeast: sailing northeast.
7. from the northeast.
[before 950; Middle English north-est, Old English north-ēast]
north`east′ern, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.northeast - the compass point midway between north and eastnortheast - the compass point midway between north and east; at 45 degrees
compass point, point - any of 32 horizontal directions indicated on the card of a compass; "he checked the point on his compass"
2.northeast - the northeastern region of the United StatesNortheast - the northeastern region of the United States
eastern United States, East - the region of the United States lying to the north of the Ohio River and to the east of the Mississippi River
3.northeast - the direction corresponding to the northeastward compass point
direction - the spatial relation between something and the course along which it points or moves; "he checked the direction and velocity of the wind"
4.northeast - a location in the northeastern part of a country, region, or city
location - a point or extent in space
Adj.1.northeast - situated in or oriented toward the northeast; "the northeasterly part of the island"
north - situated in or facing or moving toward or coming from the north; "artists like north light"; "the north portico"
2.northeast - coming from the northeast; "northeasterly winds"
north - situated in or facing or moving toward or coming from the north; "artists like north light"; "the north portico"
Adv.1.northeast - to, toward, or in the northeast
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A. Nnor(d)este m
B. ADJ [point, direction] → nor(d)este; [wind] → del nor(d)este
C. ADV (= northeastward) → hacia el nor(d)este; [situated] → al nor(d)este, en el nor(d)este


1. nnordest m
2. adjdi nordest
3. advverso nordest


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References in classic literature ?
If you will travel northeast you will come again to Puerto Cortes in due season.
I did not quite like your looks on Tuesday, but it was an ungenial morning; and though you will never own being affected by weather, I think every body feels a northeast wind.
Then he headed straight for Walrus Islet, a little low sheet of rocky island almost due northeast from Novastoshnah, all ledges and rock and gulls' nests, where the walrus herded by themselves.
Instead of circling back around the city to the northwest and toward the nearest waterway which lay so short a distance from us, we turned to the northeast and struck out upon the mossy waste across which, for two hundred dangerous and weary miles, lay another main artery leading to Helium.
He commanded the elephant to lift him and carry him toward the northeast.
The wind suddenly shifted to the northeast, and the remnant of the sea fog melted in the blast.
William Sublette, the enterprising leader of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company, had, two or three years previously, reached the valley of the Wind River, which lies on the northeast of the mountains; but had proceeded with them no further.
A good glass in the bishop's hostel in the devil's seat forty-one degrees and thirteen minutes northeast and by north main branch seventh limb east side shoot from the left eye of the death's-head a bee line from the tree through the shot fifty feet out.
From Point Vancouver the river turned towards the northeast, and became more contracted and rapid, with occasional islands and frequent sand-banks.
Seems to me I saw somethin' flicker jest naow over yonder," said Uncle Salters, pointing to the northeast.
Amid the angry shouting of thern guardsmen we rose high above the last fortress of the Holy Therns, and then raced straight toward the northeast and Kaol, the destination which I had heard from the lips of Matai Shang.
A stay of one or two days will be made here, which, if time permits, may be extended, and passing on through the islands, and probably in sight of the Peak of Teneriffe, a southern track will be taken, and the Atlantic crossed within the latitudes of the northeast trade winds, where mild and pleasant weather, and a smooth sea, can always be expected.

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