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

  • n. The direction or point on the mariner's compass halfway between due south and due west, or 135° west of due north.
  • n. An area or region lying in the southwest.
  • n. A region of the southwest United States generally including New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, California, and Nevada and sometimes Utah and Colorado.
  • adj. To, toward, of, facing, or in the southwest.
  • adj. Originating in or coming from the southwest: a southwest wind.
  • adv. In, from, or toward the southwest.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The compass point halfway between south and west, specifically 225°, abbreviated as SW.
  • adj. Towards the southwest, southwestwards, southwestern.
  • adj. From the southwest, southwesterly

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to, or in the direction of, the southwest; proceeding toward the southwest; coming from the southwest.
  • n. The point of the compass equally from the south and the west; the southwest part or region.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. That point on the horizon between south and west which is equally distant from them.
  • n. A wind blowing from the southwest.
  • n. With the definite article, the southwestern regions of the United States: in this phrase are often included the States of Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, and Texas, the Territories of Arizona, New Mexico, and Oklahoma, and the Indian Territory.
  • Pertaining to the point midway between south and west, or lying in that direction.
  • Proceeding from the southwest: as, a southwest wind.
  • To or from the southwest: as, the ship proceeded southwest; the wind blew southwest.

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

  • n. a location in the southwestern part of a country, region, or city
  • adj. situated in or oriented toward the southwest
  • adj. coming from the southwest
  • n. the direction corresponding to the southwestward compass point
  • n. the southwestern region of the United States generally including New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, Nevada, California, and sometimes Utah and Colorado
  • n. the compass point midway between south and west; at 225 degrees
  • adv. to, toward, or in the southwest
  • adv. to, toward, or in the southwest


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