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[south-ee-ster-lee; Nautical sou-ee-ster-lee] /ˌsaʊθˈi stər li; Nautical ˌsaʊˈi stər li/
adjective, adverb
toward or from the southeast.
Origin of southeasterly
First recorded in 1700-10; south + easterly Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for southeasterly
Historical Examples
  • The compass indicated that we were moving in a southeasterly direction.

  • If she should drift two miles more she must float into the southeasterly current that flows under Contrary Head.

  • The route from Baraboo to Parfrey's is along the Merrimack road in a southeasterly direction.

  • They sailed in a southeasterly direction, and landed on the continent of South America, in about thirty degrees south latitude.

  • The southeasterly wind ruffles the bay with white-capped waves and dashes sheets of rain against window and roof.

    Stories of California Ella M. Sexton
  • Between the two ridges the river Eurotas winds its way in a southeasterly course.

    Greek Women Mitchell Carroll
  • The former runs in a northeasterly direction and the latter in a southeasterly direction and they join at Kuanyao.

  • It starts from the south side of the Nonni-Sungari junction and proceeds in a southeasterly direction across the plain to Nungan.

  • On the north side of the equator we have a northeasterly wind, and a southeasterly wind on the south side.

  • Lake Huron, which was the water the fugitives were now on, lies nearly parallel to Michigan, and the course was southeasterly.

    Oak Openings James Fenimore Cooper
British Dictionary definitions for southeasterly


/ˌsaʊθˈiːstəlɪ; nautical ˌsaʊˈiːstəlɪ/
adjective, adverb
in, towards, or (esp of a wind) from the southeast
noun (pl) -lies
a strong wind or storm from the southeast
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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