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adv. & adj.
Toward, to, or in the northwest.
A northwestward direction, point, or region.

north·west′ward·ly adv. & adj.
north·west′wards adv.


(ˌnɔːθˈwɛstwəd; ˌnɔːˈwɛstwəd)
(Physical Geography) towards or (esp of a wind) from the northwest
(Physical Geography) a direction towards or area in the northwest
ˌnorthˈwestwardly adj, adv


(ˌnɔrθˈwɛst wərd; Naut. ˌnɔr-)

adv., adj.
1. Also, north`west′ward•ly. toward the northwest.
2. the northwest.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.northwestward - 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"
Adj.1.northwestward - toward the northwest
north - situated in or facing or moving toward or coming from the north; "artists like north light"; "the north portico"
Adv.1.northwestward - in a northwestward direction


A. ADJ [movement, migration] → hacia el noroeste, en dirección noroeste
B. ADV (also northwestwards) → hacia el noroeste, en dirección noroeste
References in classic literature ?
Glancing northwestward, my brother saw the large crescent of shipping already writhing with the approaching terror; one ship passing behind another, another coming round from broadside to end on, steamships whistling and giving off volumes of steam, sails being let out, launches rushing hither and thither.
But at length, at the height of a thousand feet, a very violent breeze swept to the northwestward.
Dujuan, the 21st typhoon of this year in China, was moving northwestward at a weakening speed of 20 km per hour.
The magmatic rocks in the Baltic Sedimentary Basin and NE Poland lie in the northwestward prolongation of the Pripyat-Dnieper-Donetsk Rift and may constitute a later phase of magmatic activity in a northwestward propagating rift system.
Soudelor was centered 60 km west of Hualien, according to the center, and was moving northwestward at a speed of 19 kph.
Ashobaa will face a battle with drier air as it moves northwestward toward the coast of Oman later this week which will end any strengthening and likely start to weaken the cyclone.
This system is likely to intensify further into a Tropical Cyclone in next 12 hours and likely to move in northwestward direction.
In particular, the map shows a band of solid trophy counties running from around the Twin Cities northwestward toward the North Dakota border.
For this reason, and in the face of the insect's steady, northwestward spread, DCNR entomologists, foresters and park officials had ramped up early-detection efforts at Cook Forest and Clear Creek state parks.
The road runs along the river, from the Lorane area northwestward, until it connects to Highway 126.
Since 2000, Hobbies have nested sporadically in northeast Wales, part of a northwestward spread through the English Midlands, benefiting from management of old gravel extraction for wildlife (and so plenty of dragonflies).

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