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1. Situated toward the north.
2. Coming or being from the north: northerly winds.
n. pl. north·er·lies
A storm or wind coming from the north.

north′er·ly adv.


(Physical Geography) of, relating to, or situated in the north
adv, adj
1. (Physical Geography) towards or in the direction of the north
2. (Physical Geography) from the north: a northerly wind.
n, pl -lies
(Physical Geography) a wind from the north
ˈnortherliness n


(ˈnɔr ðər li)

adj., adv., n., pl. -lies. adj.
1. moving, directed, or situated toward the north.
2. (esp. of a wind) coming from the north.
3. toward the north.
4. from the north.
5. a wind that blows from the north.
north′er•li•ness, n.


If something moves in a northerly direction, it moves towards the north.

We continued in a northerly direction.

However, a northerly wind blows from the north.

...a northerly wind blowing off the sea.

The most northerly of a group of things is the one that is furthest to the north. The form northernmost is also used with the same meaning

...the Summer solstice, when the sun reaches its most northerly point.
...the northernmost tip of the British Isles.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.northerly - a wind that blows from the northnortherly - a wind that blows from the north  
bise, bize - a dry cold north wind in southeastern France
mistral - a strong north wind that blows in France during the winter
tramontana, tramontane - a cold dry wind that blows south out of the mountains into Italy and the western Mediterranean
air current, current of air, wind - air moving (sometimes with considerable force) from an area of high pressure to an area of low pressure; "trees bent under the fierce winds"; "when there is no wind, row"; "the radioactivity was being swept upwards by the air current and out into the atmosphere"
Adj.1.northerly - situated in or oriented toward the north; "the northern suburbs"; "going in a northerly direction"
north - situated in or facing or moving toward or coming from the north; "artists like north light"; "the north portico"
2.northerly - coming from the north; used especially of wind; "the north wind doth blow"; "a northern snowstorm"; "the winds are northerly"
north - situated in or facing or moving toward or coming from the north; "artists like north light"; "the north portico"
Adv.1.northerly - in a northern direction; "they earn more up north"; "Let's go north!"
في إتِّجاه الشَّمالمن الشَّمال، شَمالي
na severseverní
mod nord
norîur, í norîuráttnorîur-, norîan-, norîanstæîur
kuzeydekuzeyden esenkuzeye doğruyıldızdan esen


A. ADJ [wind] → del norte
the most northerly point in Europeel punto más al norte or más septentrional de Europa
we were headed in a northerly directioníbamos hacia el norte or rumbo al norte or en dirección norte
B. Nviento m del norte


[ˈnɔːrðərli] adj [wind, direction] → du nord; [point] → septentrional(e)


adj wind, direction, latitudenördlich
advnach Norden, nordwärts (liter, Naut)
nNordwind m


[ˈnɔːðəlɪ] adj (wind) → del nord; (direction) → verso nord
house with a northerly aspect → casa esposta a nord


(noːθ) noun
1. the direction to the left of a person facing the rising sun, or any part of the earth lying in that direction. He faced towards the north; The wind is blowing from the north; I used to live in the north of England.
2. (also N) one of the four main points of the compass.
1. in the north. on the north bank of the river.
2. from the direction of the north. a north wind.
towards the north. The stream flows north.
ˈnortherly (-ðə-) adjective
1. (of a wind etc) coming from the north. a northerly breeze.
2. looking, lying etc towards the north. in a northerly direction.
ˈnorthern (-ðən) adjective
of the north or the North.
ˈnortherner (-ðə-) noun
a person who lives, or was born, in a northern region or country.
ˈnorthernmost (-ðən-) adjective
being furthest north. the northernmost point of the coast.
ˈnorthward adjective
towards the north. in a northward direction.
ˈnorthward(s) adverb
towards the north. They were travelling northwards.
ˈnorthbound adjective
travelling northwards. the northbound railway-line.
ˌnorth-ˈeast / ˌnorth-ˈwest nouns, adjective
(in or from) the direction midway between north and east or north and west, or any part of the earth lying in that direction. the north-east counties; a north-west wind.
towards the north-east or north-west. The building faces north-west.
ˌnorth-ˈeasterly / ˌnorth-ˈwesterly adjective
1. (of a wind etc) coming from the north-east or north-west. a north-easterly wind.
2. looking, lying etc towards the north-east or north-west. a north-westerly direction.
ˌnorth-ˈeastern / ˌnorth-ˈwestern adjective
of the north-east or north-west.
the North Pole
the northern end of the imaginary line through the earth, round which it turns.