- 1 (usually the south-east) The direction towards the point of the horizon midway between south and east: a ship was coming in from the south-eastMore example sentences
- Turn right here to climb up to the base of the monument, where there are views north-west over Folly Loch and the Eildons beyond, and to the south-east over Teviotdale towards the Cheviots.
- They basically moved in three directions: two to the south and one to the south-east.
- Fuar Tholl radiates three spurs, to the north, the south and to the south-east, and it is on these spurs that the great rock features of the mountain are prominent.
- 2The south-eastern part of a country, region, or town: opposition to Turkish influence was strongest in the south-eastMore example sentences
- The villagers died when petrol gushing out of the vandalised pipeline in a rural region in the south-east of the country caught fire.
- But the growth has yet to reach the south-east, the region which has been hardest hit by the recent droughts.
- Camberley is another one of those familiar dormitory towns that punctuate the south-east of England.
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- 1Lying towards, near, or facing the south-east: a table stood in the south-east cornerMore example sentences
- Towards the south-east end of the island the gullies open out to a kelp forest, before deepening into a series of steps which drop sharply to 30m.
- On the inauguration day itself, he demonstrated this commitment to integrity and unity by suddenly arriving in the autonomous province of Ajara, down in the south-east corner of the Black Sea.
- The quarry firm has claimed that reducing blasts to the level suggested would affect the economic viability of the south-east corner of the quarry, which only has a short lifespan.
- 1.1(Of a wind) blowing from the south-east.More example sentences
- Hot equatorial climate, south-east tradewinds blow May to November, but usually calm in the morning.
- The site was selected for its northern orientation, its shelter from the prevailing south-east wind, its open terrain, views and landform.
- The south-east monsoon cuts visibility from June to August, but the main rains come with the north-west monsoon from December to March, when heavy seas can restrict diving.
- 2Of or denoting the south-eastern part of a specified country, region, or town or its inhabitants: South East AsiaMore example sentences
- On Christmas Day the family, who lived in Old Town until emigrating to south-east Asia in June, anchored off Patong beach on Phuket Island.
- There are more than 900 species worldwide, most of which occur in mountains in subtropical and tropical regions from India to south-east Asia.
- It is a country composed of hundreds of tropical islands in south-east Asia, in the region where the Pacific and the Indian Oceans meet.
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- To or towards the south-east: turn south-east to return to your starting pointMore example sentences
- Kuma's three-storey villa has been built into a hill and looks south-east over the bay of Atami, south of Tokyo.
- The winds, which had now swung south-east sent great waves over those who still clung to anything they could get a grip on, such as chains, steel uprights or iron support bars.
- Stafford itself is on the river Sow, which joins the Trent south-east of the town.
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- State officials say at least 140,000 homes and businesses across south-eastern Louisiana were so badly damaged that they must be torn down.
- Alaskans, with what passes for humour, call this relatively temperate south-eastern corner of their state ‘the banana belt’.
- Most important among the sites is Perperikon, 20 km north-east of the town of Kurdjali in south-eastern Bulgaria.
More definitions of south-eastDefinition of south-east in:
- The US English dictionary