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[nawrth-wes-ter; Nautical nawr-wes-ter] /ˌnɔrθˈwɛs tər; Nautical ˌnɔrˈwɛs tər/
New England and South Atlantic States. a wind or gale from the northwest.
Also, nor'wester.
Origin of northwester
First recorded in 1725-35; northwest + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • They've got no harbour there at all with a cat's paw of a breeze, let alone a northwester.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • A northwester was blowing, and the weather-wise said that there would be snow ere morning.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • His engine played out and he got blown off by a northwester.

    Jim Spurling, Fisherman

    Albert Walter Tolman
  • "northwester coming," said the Tennessee Shad under his breath.

    The Varmint Owen Johnson
  • She headed thence for Portsmouth, when she was overtaken in the Channel by the northwester.

  • All might still have gone well had the northwester continued as it was.


    John William De Forest
  • By the second day of the northwester, Sheldon was in collapse from his fever.

    Adventure Jack London
  • The winds have been let loose, and the cheering novelty of a northwester breaks in on our calm.

  • The northwester still continued, with a clear blue sky, without a cloud overhead by day, and a bright cold moon by night.

    Tom Cringle's Log Michael Scott
  • Like a storm driven bird she was off in the wings of a northwester, lying far over even under the greatly reduced sail.

    Boy Scouts in the North Sea

    G. Harvey Ralphson
British Dictionary definitions for northwester


/ˌnɔːθˈwɛstə; nautical ˌnɔːˈwɛstə/
a strong wind or storm from the northwest
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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