Definition of northwest in English:


Syllabification: north·west
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.


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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.


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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.



Pronunciation: /-ˈwestərn/
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  • Manchester's historic King's Regiment is to be amalgamated into a new north-western force, Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon announced today.
  • At 8.46 am local time on Friday an earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale ripped through the north-western Indian state of Gujarat.
  • Further subsidence in north-western China is destroying the foundations of the wall, which could result in its large-scale collapse.

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