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[nawrth-ee-ster-lee; Nautical nawr-ee-ster-lee]
  1. of or located in the northeast.
  2. toward or from the northeast.
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  1. toward or from the northeast.
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Origin of northeasterly

First recorded in 1730–40; north + easterly
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Examples from the Web for northeasterly

Historical Examples

  • He kept the northeasterly heading at maximum underwater speed.

    Way of a Rebel

    Walter M. Miller

  • British aeroplanes went up and the raider made off in a northeasterly direction.

  • I reset the trap and then took the trail of the bear, which had taken a northeasterly course.

    Fifty Years a Hunter and Trapper

    Eldred Nathaniel Woodcock

  • (S) As Beatty swung by the north to a northeasterly direction, Hipper conformed to his course.

  • We then struggled on in a northeasterly direction across-country, till we struck the Vaughn road.

British Dictionary definitions for northeasterly


adjective, adverb
  1. in, towards, or (esp of a wind) from the northeast
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noun plural -lies
  1. a wind or storm from the northeast
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