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[nawrth-west-werd; Nautical nawr-west-werd]
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adverb, adjective
  1. Also north·west·ward·ly. toward the northwest.
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  1. the northwest.
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Origin of northwestward

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at northwest, -ward
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Examples from the Web for northwestward

Historical Examples

  • It was out of sight that the coach turned to the left, Northwestward.

    The Amazing Marriage, Complete

    George Meredith

  • Keeping to the northwestward, and coasting along the shore, they landed from time to time in search of food.

  • We vaguely located this Asiatic cradle somewhere westward or northwestward of the great plateau of Thibet.

  • It keeps to its northwestward course and strikes the Louisiana, Texas or Mexico coasts, according to its impulse.

  • Northwestward was Milan; to the east lay the almost impregnable fortress of Mantua.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte

    William Milligan Sloane

British Dictionary definitions for northwestward


  1. towards or (esp of a wind) from the northwest
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  1. a direction towards or area in the northwest
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Derived Formsnorthwestwardly, adjective, adverb
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