I. adverb Date: before 12th century to, toward, or in the northwest II. adjective Date: before 12th century 1. coming from the northwest <
a northwest wind
2. situated toward or at the northwest <
the northwest corner
III. noun Date: 12th century 1. a. the general direction between north and west b. the point midway between the north and west compass points 2. capitalized regions or countries lying to the northwest of a specified or implied point of orientation

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  • 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,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • northwest — [nôrth΄west′; ] naut. [ nôr΄west′] n. 1. the direction, or the point on a mariner s compass, halfway between north and west; 45° west of due north 2. a district or region in or toward this direction adj. 1. in, of, to, toward, or facing the… …   English World dictionary

  • Northwest — Northwest, NC U.S. city in North Carolina Population (2000): 671 Housing Units (2000): 293 Land area (2000): 6.142841 sq. miles (15.909884 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 6.142841 sq. miles… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Northwest — North west , n. [AS. nor[eth]west.] 1. The point in the horizon between the north and west, and equally distant from each; the northwest part or region. [1913 Webster] 2. The northwestern part of the contiguous forty eight states of the United… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Northwest — North west , adv. Toward the northwest. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Northwest — (englisch für „Nordwesten“) bezeichnet: die Fluglinie Northwest Airlines die Region Nord Ouest (Kamerun) in englischer Sprache den North West District (Botswana) die Provinz Nordwest (Südafrika) die Nordwestterritorien Kanadas Nordwest (Singapur) …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • northwest — O.E. norðwest (adv.); from NORTH (Cf. north) + WEST (Cf. west). As a noun from late 14c. Related: Northwestern; northwesterly; northwestward. Northwest Passage first attested c.1600 …   Etymology dictionary

  • Northwest — For names and places containing the slightly longer word northwestern (or variants), see northwestern (disambiguation). A compass rose with Northwest highlighted Northwest or north west is the ordinal direction halfway between north and west on a …   Wikipedia

  • northwest — /nawrth west /; Naut. /nawr west /, n. 1. a point on the compass midway between north and west. Abbr.: NW 2. a region in this direction. 3. the Northwest, a. the northwestern part of the United States, esp. Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. b. the… …   Universalium

  • northwest — north|west1 Northwest [ˌno:θˈwest US ˌno:rθ ] n written abbreviation NW [U] 1.) the direction that is exactly between north and west 2.) the northwest the northwestern part of a country >northwest adv ▪ She rode northwest toward Boulder.… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • northwest — 1 written abbreviation NW noun (U) 1 the direction that is exactly between north and west 2 the northwest the northwestern part of a country northwest adverb: The house faces northwest. 2 written abbreviation NW adjective 1 a northwest wind comes …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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