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 (nôrth-wĕst′, nôr-wĕst′)
1. Abbr. NW The direction or point on the mariner's compass halfway between due north and due west, or 45° west of due north.
2. An area or region lying in the northwest.
3. Northwest
a. A region of the northwest United States, generally including Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.
b. Any of various historical regions of the United States, originally coextensive with the Northwest Territory but later often defined as including the lands between the upper Mississippi and the Missouri River.
1. To, toward, of, facing, or in the northwest.
2. Originating in or coming from the northwest: a northwest wind.
In, from, or toward the northwest.

north·west′ern adj.


(ˌnɔːθˈwɛst; ˌnɔːˈwɛst)
1. (Physical Geography) the point of the compass or direction midway between north and west, 315° clockwise from north
2. (Physical Geography) the northwest (often capital) any area lying in or towards this direction
(Physical Geography) (sometimes capital) of or denoting the northwestern part of a specified country, area, etc: northwest Greenland.
adj, adv
(Physical Geography) in, to, towards, or (esp of the wind) from the northwest
Symbol: NW
ˌnorthˈwesternmost adj


1. (Placename) the northwestern part of England, esp Lancashire and the Lake District
2. (Placename) the northwestern part of the US, consisting of the states of Washington, Oregon, and sometimes Idaho
3. (Placename) (in Canada) the region north and west of the Great Lakes


(ˌnɔrθˈwɛst; Naut. ˌnɔr-)

1. a point on the compass midway between north and west. Abbr.: NW
2. a region in this direction.
3. the Northwest,
a. the northwestern part of the United States, esp. Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.
b. the northwestern part of the United States when its western boundary was the Mississippi River.
c. the northwestern part of Canada.
4. in, toward, or facing the northwest: the northwest corner.
5. coming from the northwest, as a wind.
6. toward the northwest: heading northwest.
7. from the northwest.
[before 900]
north`west′ern, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Northwest - the northwestern region of the United States
western United States, West - the region of the United States lying to the west of the Mississippi River
Cascade Mountains, Cascade Range, Cascades - a mountain range in the northwestern United States extending through Washington and Oregon and northern California; a part of the Coast Range
2.northwest - the direction corresponding to the northwestward 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"
3.northwest - the compass point midway between north and west; at 315 degrees
compass point, point - any of 32 horizontal directions indicated on the card of a compass; "he checked the point on his compass"
4.northwest - a location in the northwestern part of a country, region, or city
location - a point or extent in space
Adj.1.northwest - situated in or oriented toward the northwest
north - situated in or facing or moving toward or coming from the north; "artists like north light"; "the north portico"
2.northwest - coming from the northwest; "northwesterly winds"
north - situated in or facing or moving toward or coming from the north; "artists like north light"; "the north portico"
Adv.1.northwest - to, toward, or in the northwest
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A. Nnoroeste m
B. ADJ [point, direction] → noroeste; [wind] → del noroeste
C. ADV (= northwestward) → hacia el noroeste; [situated] → al noroeste, en el noroeste


1. nnordovest m
2. adjdi nordovest
3. advverso nordovest


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It now comes boisterously from the northwest, and, taking hold of the aged framework of the Seven Gables, gives it a shake, like a wrestler that would try strength with his antagonist.
For some days we had very little wind; it was not till the nineteenth that a brisk gale from the northwest sprang up.
was the response, and the boy pointed to the northwest, across the tracks.
You see, it was just the Northwest Passage of that day, as you may say; that was all.
This is the ninth of October, and they have not found her yet: they will as soon find the Northwest Passage.
The lines, she said, were waterways; the circles, cities; and one far to the northwest of us she pointed out as Helium.
Toward the northwest Korak guided his huge mount, until they came out upon the river a mile or more above the Swede's camp, at a point where Korak knew that there was an elephant ford.
The day was unusually fine till the afternoon, when some of the gossips who frequent the East Cliff churchyard, and from the commanding eminence watch the wide sweep of sea visible to the north and east, called attention to a sudden show of `mares tails' high in the sky to the northwest.
They wanted to be taken to a Spanish port, and, if not to Cadiz, into Vigo Bay, situated on the northwest coast of Spain, and which was not blocked.
During the lecture the train had been making good progress, and towards half-past twelve it reached the northwest border of the Great Salt Lake.
And with these six creatures guiding us, we went through the tumult of ferns and creepers and tree-stems towards the northwest.
A few seconds after midnight the crowd in the Chertsey road, Woking, saw a star fall from heaven into the pine woods to the northwest.

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