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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 is unknown if desert tortoises purposely construct their burrows to face in a more northwestly direction; therefore, we cannot comment on whether the larks were simply using what was available to them.

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