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[nawrth-ee-ster-lee; Nautical nawr-ee-ster-lee] /ˌnɔrθˈi stər li; Nautical ˌnɔrˈi stər li/
of or located in the northeast.
toward or from the northeast.
toward or from the northeast.
Origin of northeasterly
First recorded in 1730-40; north + easterly Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He kept the northeasterly heading at maximum underwater speed.

    Way of a Rebel Walter M. Miller
  • British aeroplanes went up and the raider made off in a northeasterly direction.

  • I reset the trap and then took the trail of the bear, which had taken a northeasterly course.

    Fifty Years a Hunter and Trapper Eldred Nathaniel Woodcock
  • (S) As Beatty swung by the north to a northeasterly direction, Hipper conformed to his course.

  • We then struggled on in a northeasterly direction across-country, till we struck the Vaughn road.

    The Memoirs of General P. H. Sheridan, Complete General Philip Henry Sheridan
  • But I outvoted him and we continued on, taking a northeasterly course, which we followed for what seemed about five miles.

    Lost Pond Henry Abbott
  • Winding across the prairie in a northeasterly direction was a broad trail, the tracks of many cattle and horses.

    Ted Strong in Montana

    Edward C. Taylor
  • Cascades Inlet extends for the same distance in a northeasterly direction, opening into Dean.

    Alaska Ella Higginson
  • This ran toward the mountain with a northeasterly slant; and though it was partly choked by sand, it was possible to crawl in.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • I walked for some distance in a northeasterly direction, but saw no signs of pressure there.

    Farthest North Fridtjof Nansen
British Dictionary definitions for northeasterly


/ˌnɔːθˈiːstəlɪ; nautical ˌnɔːrˈiːstəlɪ/
adjective, adverb
in, towards, or (esp of a wind) from the northeast
noun (pl) -lies
a wind or storm from the northeast
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