Northwest passage
Northwest North`west", a. 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

2. Coming from the northwest; as, a northwest wind. [1913 Webster]

{Northwest passage}, a passage or communication by sea between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans along the north coast of America, long sought for by navigators. [1913 Webster]


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  • Northwest passage — Passage Pas sage, n. [F. passage. See {Pass}, v. i.] 1. The act of passing; transit from one place to another; movement from point to point; a going by, over, across, or through; as, the passage of a man or a carriage; the passage of a ship or a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Northwest Passage — water route from the Atlantic to the Pacific, through the arctic islands of Canada …   English World dictionary

  • Northwest Passage — For other uses, see Northwest Passage (disambiguation). Northwest Passage routes The Northwest Passage is a sea route through the …   Wikipedia

  • Northwest Passage — a ship route along the Arctic coast of Canada and Alaska, joining the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. [1545 55] * * * Sea passage between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans along the northern coast of North America. The search for a commercial sea… …   Universalium

  • Northwest Passage — Northwest Pas|sage, the a way by sea between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, going along the northern coast of North America. It was first sailed through by Roald Amundsen in 1903 06 →↑Northeast Passage, the …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Northwest Passage — geographical name a passage by sea between the Atlantic & the Pacific along the N coast of North America …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Northwest Passage —    Voir Le Grand Passage …   Dictionnaire mondial des Films

  • Northwest Passage — noun Sea route through the Arctic Ocean, connecting the Atlantic and the Pacific Ocean …   Wiktionary

  • Northwest Passage — North′west Pas′sage n. naut. navig. geg a ship route along the Arctic coast of Canada and Alaska, joining the Atlantic and Pacific oceans • Etymology: 1545–55 …   From formal English to slang

  • Northwest Passage — noun a water route between the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean along the northern coast of North America; Europeans since the 16th century had searched for a short route to the Far East before it was successfully traversed by Roald Amundsen… …   Useful english dictionary

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