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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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(ˌnɔːθˈwɛstwədz; ˌnɔːˈwɛstwədz) or


(Physical Geography) towards or (esp of a wind) from the northwest
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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.
The storm is likely to move northwestwards and thereafter recurve north-northeastwards towards the Odisha Coast, India while moving away from the island.
The storm, thereafter, is very likely to move northwestwards off the Sri Lanka coast during next 96 hours and reach north Tamil Nadu and the south Andhra Pradesh coast on the evening of April 30.
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) in its evening bulletin on Wednesday stated that the very severe cyclonic storm over the westcentral Arabian Sea moved northwestwards with a speed of 135-145km/hr during the past six hours and lay centered at 1730 hrs IST (4pm Oman time), over westcentral Arabian Sea, near latitude 14.4AdegN and longitude 58.7AdegE, about 570km east-southeast of Salalah, Oman.
It is likely to concentrate into a depression and move northwestwards during subsequent 48 hours.
An area of thunderstorms across southern England and Wales is expected to move northwestwards towards Northern Ireland during Friday morning replaced by scattered thunderstorms across southern, central and North West England and Wales.
The system is very likely to move initially northwestwards during next 24 hours and then re-curve northeastwards towards Bangladesh coast during subsequent 48 hours.
The PACA report pointed out that analysis of different weather charts indicate that it will intensify to deep depression and likely to move northwestwards. The system will not have direct impact along the Sultanate's coast for the next 48 hours.
The system would continue to move west- northwestwards and intensify further into a very severe cyclonic storm during the next 12 hours.
It was expected to strengthen as it moved northwestwards across the Bay of Bengal and meteorologists said it would reach the coast of Andhra Pradesh between Machilipatnam and Kalingapatnam on Thursday.

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