Definition of northerly in English:


Line breaks: north|er¦ly
Pronunciation: /ˈnɔːðəli

adjective & adverb

  • 1In a northward position or direction: [as adjective]: he set off in a northerly direction
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    • As the hurricane itself passes through, what we seem to now be getting is the wind almost blowing from the west to east, and then in a northerly direction, which is just the opposite of what we've been getting up to now.
    • The Ox Mountains stretch from Foxford in east Mayo right through south Sligo in a northerly direction towards Ballysadare Bay and provides a home for approximately 30,000 hill ewes.
    • The path runs from the A4 Marlborough-Beckhampton road by the Thames water pumping station at Clatford and runs in a northerly direction to Manton House Stables.
  • 1.1(Of wind) blowing from the north: [as adjective]: a fresh northerly wind [as adverb]: the wind was gusting northerly
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    • Another less useful and sometimes damaging effect of mountains is their funnelling properties: The Mistral is a cold northerly wind that is redirected through the Rhone valley by the surrounding heights.
    • Hail showers are quite common over the British Isles in westerly and northerly airstreams in spring, but really large hailstones tend to occur in the south and are very much a feature of Summer months.
    • Several fires were already burning in Tasmania by the 7th, when an approaching cold front brought strengthening northerly winds and extremely hot air.

noun (plural northerlies)

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  • A wind blowing from the north: we saw a number of petrels in the strong northerlies
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    • They loom as dark shadows in the consciousness of residents of these states on summer days when strong northerlies, extreme heat, and low humidity follow a long dry period.
    • Between March and September, strong northerlies blow the whole length of the waterway.
    • With a forecast for light northerlies we head back to Mt. Buffalo.

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