Definition of "northwest" []

  • The direction or point on the mariner's compass halfway between due north and due west, or 45° west of due north. (noun)
  • An area or region lying in the northwest. (noun)
  • A historical region of the north-central United States west of the Mississippi River and north of the Missouri River. (noun)
  • A region of the northwest United States, generally including Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. (noun)
  • To, toward, of, facing, or in the northwest. (adjective)
  • The point of the compass or direction midway between north and west, 315° clockwise from north (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Of or denoting the northwestern part of a specified country, area, etc (adjective)
  • In, to, towards, or (esp of the wind) from the northwest (adverb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "northwest" in a sentence
  • "I hunt deer ever year in northwest NE (pine ridge area) we always see one or two of them and lots of sign."
  • "Mainly light to moderate rain currently encompasses the area but much heavier rain is streaming north and northwest from the southeast."
  • "(Actually, they were in northwest North Carolina.)"