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[nawrth-ee-ster; Nautical nawr-ee-ster] /ˌnɔrθˈi stər; Nautical ˌnɔrˈi stər/
New England and South Atlantic States. a wind or gale from the northeast.
Meteorology. northeast storm.
Also, nor'easter.
Origin of northeaster
First recorded in 1765-75; northeast + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • A winter midnight was on the woods, while a northeaster smote the coast, a dozen miles away, with the million sledges of the surf.

    Old Plymouth Trails Winthrop Packard
  • A northeaster in one place may be an easter, a norther, or a souther in some other locality.

    Locusts and Wild Honey John Burroughs
  • Every northeaster will shift a buoy placed in the channels of these three inlets, so they are not buoyed.

    Voyage of the Paper Canoe Nathaniel H. Bishop
  • The measured mile was soon reached, and then in the teeth of the northeaster she tore through the water.

  • The Chesapeake can kick up a sea, give it a northeaster, that would gratify the most hungry tar.

    Between the Lines Henry Bascom Smith
  • There was something even refreshing in it, as in a northeaster to a hardy temperament.

  • The northeaster did not disturb them seriously, for they were in camp with plenty to eat.

    The Island of Yellow Sands E. C. [Ethel Claire] Brill
  • The chill, damp wind sighing drearily across the forest presaged a northeaster.

    A Busy Year at the Old Squire's Charles Asbury Stephens
  • We was off Minot's Ledge wid a northeaster, butt first, atop of us, thicker'n burgoo.

    "Captains Courageous" Rudyard Kipling
  • The northeaster continued to rage with varying degrees of fury for two more days.

    The Island of Yellow Sands E. C. [Ethel Claire] Brill
British Dictionary definitions for northeaster


/ˌnɔːθˈiːstə; nautical ˌnɔːrˈiːstə/
a strong wind or storm from the northeast
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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