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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.
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(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
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(ˌnɔrθˈwɛst wərd; Naut. ˌnɔr-)

adv., adj.
1. Also, north`west′ward•ly. toward the northwest.
2. the northwest.
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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
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A. ADJ [movement, migration] → hacia el noroeste, en dirección noroeste
B. ADV (also northwestwards) → hacia el noroeste, en dirección noroeste
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Soon we traced a narrow path through the wild luxuriance of the island, going northwestward; and presently M'ling stopped, and became rigid with watchfulness.
But at length, at the height of a thousand feet, a very violent breeze swept to the northwestward.
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.
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This Tropical Cyclone is likely to intensify further and move northwestward in next 24 hrs a spokesperson of the met office told.
In particular, the map shows a band of solid trophy counties running from around the Twin Cities northwestward toward the North Dakota border.
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