AskDefine | Define northwest

Dictionary Definition

north-west adv : to, toward, or in the northwest [syn: northwest, nor'-west]northwest adj
1 situated in or oriented toward the northwest [syn: northwestern, northwesterly]
2 coming from the northwest; "northwesterly winds" [syn: northwesterly]


1 the northwestern region of the United States [syn: northwestern United States]
2 the compass point midway between north and west; at 315 degrees [syn: nor'-west, NW] adv : to, toward, or in the northwest [syn: north-west, nor'-west]

User Contributed Dictionary



From north + west

Alternative forms


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



  1. Towards the northwest, northwestwards, northwestern


Extensive Definition

Northwest or north west is the ordinal direction halfway between north and west on a compass. It is the opposite of southeast. Some terms use the word northwest or a variation of it:


North west and north-west

Norwest, nor'west

  • Norwest Bank (now Wells Fargo)
  • The Nor'wester wind and associated Nor'west arch, a weather pattern in southern New Zealand


See also

northwest in Danish: Nordvest
northwest in German: Nordwest-Territorium
northwest in Estonian: Loe
northwest in French: Nord-Ouest
northwest in Dutch: Noordwest
northwest in Japanese: 北西
northwest in Norwegian: Nordvest
northwest in Polish: Północny zachód
northwest in Portuguese: Noroeste
northwest in Simple English: Northwest
northwest in Serbian: Северозапад
northwest in Finnish: Luode (ilmansuunta)
northwest in Vietnamese: Hướng Tây Bắc

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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