- a ship route along the Arctic coast of Canada and Alaska, joining the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
Origin of Northwest Passage
First recorded in 1545–55
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- the passage by sea from the Atlantic to the Pacific along the N coast of America: attempted for over 300 years by Europeans seeking a short route to the Far East, before being successfully navigated by Amundsen (1903–06)
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