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North West

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  • A province of northern South Africa, formed in 1994 from the NE part of Cape Province and SW Transvaal; capital, Mafikeng.

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There are 2 definitions of North West in English:

north-west

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noun

(usually the north-west)
  • 1The direction towards the point of the horizon midway between north and west: he pointed to the north-west
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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 north-west.
  • 2The north-western part of a country, region, or town: the north-west of London
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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 towards, near, or facing the north-west: the north-west 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 north-west: a north-west gale
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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 north-western part of a country, region, or towns: north-west 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 towards the north-west: he turned on to the motorway and headed north-west
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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.

Derivatives

north-western

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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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