from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Situated toward the northwest.
  • adj. Coming or being from the northwest.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. situated in, or pointing to, the northwest
  • adj. coming from the northwest
  • adv. From the northwest

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Toward the northwest, or from the northwest.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Situated toward the northwest.
  • Coming from the northwest: as, a northwesterly wind.
  • Toward or from the northwest, or a general northwest direction.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. situated in or oriented toward the northwest
  • adj. coming from the northwest


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  • Because it faces north, and prevailing swell direction is south, an ocean swell of 10'+ is needed before this spot begins to break, unless the swell is westerly or northwesterly, which is fairly rare.


  • Right now, it appears the flow will be northwesterly, meaning inland areas may get the most. : News

  • West winds from 10-15 mph begin turning toward the northwesterly direction and may gust up to 25 mph.

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  • At least you've got one last chance to shake off your Seasonal Affective Disorder before our 70s and sunshine turns into northwesterly winds tonight as an incoming cold front aims to usher in chillier air.

    Forecast: 70s today could challenge record

  • By Thursday, cool northwesterly winds will bring scattered showers to much of the country, with forecasters warning of a more serious downturn by next weekend that will see temperatures fall well below normal.

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  • Initially planted in 1986 and farmed organically, then replanted with Syrah in 1994 and farmed under Biodynamic practice ever since, nearly 20,000 vines rise gently along a northwesterly slope.

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  • The plane took off late owing to poor weather conditions on a direct flight from Tehran to Orumiyeh, 460 miles in a northwesterly direction.

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  • The smoke also reached Michigan, where forecasters said it rode northwesterly winds from a cool front.

    Calmer winds to slow growth of Minn. wildfire

  • The helicopter rose from the ground and started on a northwesterly direction, toward our home in Sarasota.

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  • Today (Wednesday): A north/northwesterly component to the light winds and the potential for more afternoon clouds than yesterday aren't enough to make a major dent in the heat.

    Forecast: Another sizzler, then down to simmer


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