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[nawrth-eest; Nautical nawr-eest]
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  1. a point on the compass midway between north and east. Abbreviation: NE
  2. a region in this direction.
  3. the Northeast, the northeastern part of the United States.
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  1. toward or in the northeast: sailing northeast.
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  1. coming from the northeast: a northeast wind.
  2. directed toward the northeast: a northeast course.
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Origin of northeast

before 950; Middle English, Old English; see north, east
Related formsnorth·east·ern, adjective
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  1. the point of the compass or direction midway between north and east, 45° clockwise from north
  2. the northeast (often capital) any area lying in or towards this direction
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adjective Also: northeastern
  1. (sometimes capital) of or denoting the northeastern part of a specified country, area, etcnortheast Lincolnshire
  2. situated in, proceeding towards, or facing the northeast
  3. (esp of the wind) from the northeast
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  1. in, to, towards, or (esp of the wind) from the northeast
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Symbol: NE
Derived Formsnortheasternmost, adjective


  1. the Northeast the northeastern part of England, esp Northumberland, Durham, and the Tyneside area
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Word Origin and History for northeast

Old English norð east; see north + east. Related: Northeasterly (1743).

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