Definition of northwest in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌnôrTHˈwest/


(usually the northwest)
1The point of the horizon midway between north and west: he pointed to the northwest
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  • In Gaul, the centre of political gravity and the exchange networks were definitely oriented towards the north-west.
  • During that morning, however, something unusual was happening in the skies to the west and north-west of Ballyhaunis.
  • The rain restarts and since the eye of the hurricane is moving away toward the north-west, the circulating wind now blows from the south-west.
1.1The compass point corresponding to northwest.
1.2The direction in which northwest lies.
2The northwestern part of a country, region, or town: they had originally come from someplace in the northwest of Mexico
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  • Tonight's talk is about one of Ireland's special geographic regions the Burren region in the north-west of Clare.
  • A second scenario would see development take place primarily in the north-west of the town, in and around Millennium Park.
  • From 1953 he was assistant to the managing editor, serving as media organiser for the Perth Commonwealth Games and for early tours to the promising mineral regions of the north-west.


1Lying toward, near, or facing the northwest: the northwest corner of the square
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  • In February 1971, a fire broke out in the north-west tower near the bell chamber when a tarpaulin caught alight and another fire the following year destroyed pinnacles and woodwork in the choir stalls.
  • At the extreme north-west corner of Ngargo Island, near a massive bomb-scar in the rocky cliff, lies a very curious wreck.
  • The historic heart of the city is centrally situated on the north-west axis, and towards the eastern border.
1.1(Of a wind) blowing from the northwest.
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  • Blown in on the north-west monsoon without aid of any chart or astronomical observation, a thousand mariners, tide-driven, converge on the coral reefs.
  • The Red Sea has a prevailing north-west wind, which means that this coastline is exposed, rather than sheltered like the inshore reefs of Egypt.
  • October to April brings the more humid north-west monsoon, and November to February often sees monsoon rain.
2Of or denoting the northwestern part of a country, region, or town, or its inhabitants: northwest Europe
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  • This weekend, the ‘black tide’ of oil spilled by the Prestige last week before it was towed out to sea was still soiling a 240-mile stretch of coast in the north-west Galicia region.
  • McMaster said about 80% of primary schools in the north-west region don't have facilities for physical education.
  • In the longer term, Clane would be the gateway town for north-west Kildare, providing shopping facilities for people in that part of the county.


To or toward the northwest: he turned onto the highway and headed northwest
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  • The farmers moved with their new technologies north-west into Europe, probably displacing the local hunter-gatherer populations that were living there at the time.
  • The blue southern boundary runs between York and Malton and then heads north-west again to the top side of Northallerton.
  • Heading north-west towards Stewartby, homeowners were warned to shut their windows as the fire raged under ground on Wednesday.

Words that rhyme with northwest

abreast, arrest, attest, beau geste, behest, bequest, best, blessed, blest, breast, Brest, Bucharest, Budapest, celeste, chest, contest, crest, digest, divest, guest, hest, infest, ingest, jest, lest, Midwest, molest, nest, pest, prestressed, protest, quest, rest, self-addressed, self-confessed, self-possessed, southwest, suggest, test, Trieste, unaddressed, unexpressed, unimpressed, unpressed, unstressed, vest, west, wrest, zest

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Syllabification: north·west

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