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 (nôrth-wĕs′tər, nôr-wĕs′-)
A storm or gale blowing from the northwest.


(ˌnɔːθˈwɛstə; ˌnɔːˈwɛstə)
(Physical Geography) a strong wind or storm from the northwest


(ˌnɔrθˈwɛs tər; Naut. ˌnɔr-)

a storm or gale from the northwest.
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Noun1.northwester - a wind from the northwest
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"
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We are dwelling too long, perhaps, upon these individual pictures, endeared to us by the associations of early life, when, as yet a stripling youth, we have sat at the hospitable boards of the "mighty Northwesters," the lords of the ascendant at Montreal, and gazed with wondering and inexperienced eye at the baronial wassailing, and listened with astonished ear to their tales of hardship and adventures.
By the second day of the northwester, Sheldon was in collapse from his fever.
He has, certainly, a wonderful partiality to one tune, and he has a prodigious self- confidence in that one, for he delivers himself like a northwester sweeping across the lake.

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