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[nawrth-west-werd; Nautical nawr-west-werd] /ˌnɔrθˈwɛst wərd; Nautical ˌnɔrˈwɛst wərd/
adverb, adjective
Also, northwestwardly. toward the northwest.
the northwest.
Origin of northwestward
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at northwest, -ward Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The country through which it flows lay to the northwestward of Genghis Khan's dominions, and beyond the confines of it.

  • It was out of sight that the coach turned to the left, northwestward.

  • A result of this is the regular decrease in precipitation northward, northwestward, and westward from the Gulf of Mexico.

    Climatic Changes Ellsworth Huntington
  • Keeping to the northwestward, and coasting along the shore, they landed from time to time in search of food.

  • As results had been meager along here, the sides of the trench were turned to the northward and northwestward.

  • We vaguely located this Asiatic cradle somewhere westward or northwestward of the great plateau of Thibet.

  • By night, after having eaten dinner beside a turbid, brackish pool, they had made more than twenty miles to northwestward.

    Darkness and Dawn George Allan England
  • It keeps to its northwestward course and strikes the Louisiana, Texas or Mexico coasts, according to its impulse.

  • Upon leaving the Marble grove, Inkpaduta and his band moved leisurely in a northwestward direction.

    The Spirit Lake Massacre Thomas Teakle
  • northwestward was Milan; to the east lay the almost impregnable fortress of Mantua.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte William Milligan Sloane
British Dictionary definitions for northwestward


/ˌnɔːθˈwɛstwəd; nautical ˌnɔːˈwɛstwəd/
towards or (esp of a wind) from the northwest
a direction towards or area in the northwest
Derived Forms
northwestwardly, adjective, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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