- the northwestern part of the United States, especially Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.
- the northwestern part of the United States when its western boundary was the Mississippi River.
- the northwestern part of Canada.
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OTHER WORDS FROM northwestnorthwestern, adjective
Example sentences from the Web for northwest
I catch up with Kent again as he takes a breather from the tour, back at his flat in St John's Wood, North-West London.
The former lies to the north-west, and the latter on the north-east side of the town.Western Himalaya and Tibet|Thomas Thomson
The corresponding point midway between N and W (to the left) is north-west.Man on the Ocean|R.M. Ballantyne
At high water the reef was overflowed excepting at its north-west end where a patch of sand not larger than the boat was left dry.Narrative of a Survey of the Intertropical and Western Coasts of Australia|Phillip Parker King
Still dazed, he went to the blockhouse at the north-west corner of the stockade and joined the men there.The Shadow of Victory|Myrtle Reed
It was a square structure, with four towers one at each corner, that at the north-west angle being the most formidable.From John O'Groats to Land's End|Robert Naylor and John Naylor