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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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  • About a mile below on the northeasterly side of Millvale, a hill picturesquely crowned with pines attracts attention.

    Whittier-land Samuel T. Pickard
  • British aeroplanes went up and the raider made off in a northeasterly direction.

  • After dinner the northeasterly wind, which we have had the whole time, suddenly became stronger, and the sky overcast.

    Farthest North Fridtjof Nansen
  • 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
  • When they strike the land at these points they are given a northeasterly direction.

  • (S) As Beatty swung by the north to a northeasterly direction, Hipper conformed to his course.

  • One division followed the cavalry on the right; another took a northeasterly direction.

  • 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
  • They also inhabit a small range that extends in a northeasterly direction from the Cordillera to Point Kawit on the east coast.

    The Manbos of Mindano John M. Garvan
  • 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
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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