Definition of Northwest

1. Noun. The northwestern region of the United States.

2. Adjective. Situated in or oriented toward the northwest.
Exact synonyms: Northwesterly, Northwestern
Similar to: North

3. Adverb. To, toward, or in the northwest.
Exact synonyms: Nor'-west, North-west

4. Noun. The direction corresponding to the northwestward compass point.
Generic synonyms: Direction

5. Adjective. Coming from the northwest. "Northwesterly winds"
Exact synonyms: Northwesterly
Similar to: North
Derivative terms: Northwester

6. Noun. The compass point midway between north and west; at 315 degrees.
Exact synonyms: Nor'-west, Northwestward, Nw
Generic synonyms: Compass Point, Point

7. Noun. A location in the northwestern part of a country, region, or city.
Generic synonyms: Location

Definition of Northwest

1. n. The point in the horizon between the north and west, and equally distant from each; the northwest part or region.

2. a. Pertaining to, or in the direction of, the point between the north and west; being in the northwest; toward the northwest, or coming from the northwest; as, the northwest coast.

3. adv. Toward the northwest.

Definition of Northwest

1. Noun. The compass point halfway between north and west, bearing 315°, abbreviated as NW. ¹

2. Adjective. Towards the northwest, northwestwards, northwestern ¹

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Definition of Northwest

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Northwest

northwest (current term)
northwest by north
northwest by west
northwest territories
northwest wind
northwestern united states

Literary usage of Northwest

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature by H.W. Wilson Company (1909)
"Developing the resources of the northwest coast country by electricity. 11. Harp. W. 53: 15. ... Far northwest and the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific exposition. ..."

2. Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature by Anna Lorraine Guthrie, Marion A. Knight, H.W. Wilson Company, Estella E. Painter (1920)
"Miss Val Hist R 4:342-61 D '17 northwest, Old. See northwest territory. United States northwest territory, United States Fur trading companies in the ..."

3. Biennial Report by Oregon Board of Horticulture (1905)
"This was one of the first sales of home grown fruit in the northwest. ... Prune-growing in the northwest has since become an industry of many thousand acres ..."

4. Indian Affairs: Laws and Treaties by United States, Charles Joseph Kappler (1904)
"The northwest quarter of the northeast quarter and the north half of the northwest quarter of section three; the north half of the northeast quarter of ..."

5. Records Relating to the Early History of Boston by Boston (Mass.). Registry Dept (1883)
"mon, bounded on the northwest by Ed Convers, and on the southeast by James Greene. 4. Twentie acres of land by estimation, more or lesse, ..."

6. Bulletin by Tennessee Division of Geology, Geological Survey, Division of Geology, Tennessee (1913)
"northwest-southeast structure section near Briceville. Shows overturned structure o' "Rockwood" iron ore. (From US Geological Survey Folio No. 33. ..."

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