the point or direction midway between south and west. Abbreviation: SW
a region in this direction.
the Southwest, the southwest region of the United States.
lying toward, situated in, or directed toward the southwest.
coming from the southwest, as a wind.
in the direction midway between south and west.
- southwestern, adjective
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How to use southwest in a sentence
What we knowWhat we’re less confident aboutStorms next weekWhile an Arctic high-pressure zone continues to feed cold air into the region, two more storms are expected to approach the area from the southwest.Snow expected tonight, mainly south of D.C., before possible ice on Saturday | Jason Samenow, Wes Junker | February 11, 2021 | Washington Post
From Tunk’s summit, you can see the lake-dotted forest stretching to the north, as well as Mount Desert Island and Frenchman Bay to the southwest.
I’m right by the Swiss border all the way in the south, southwest France.
Some areas southwest of Washington could see a bit more while others, north of Washington, could see a bit less.After 2 to 4 inches of snow, an icy night ahead in D.C. area. Snow showers possible Monday. | Jason Samenow, Dan Stillman, Andrew Freedman | February 1, 2021 | Washington Post
As a zone of low pressure approaches from the west this weekend, models have converged on the idea of a period of snow on Sunday as warmer air from the south and southwest is lifted over a dome of cold air supplied by high-pressure to the north.D.C. area sees increasing snow chances Sunday and Monday | Jason Samenow, Wes Junker | January 27, 2021 | Washington Post
AirAsia, on the other hand, is a relatively new carrier, an upstart in the tradition of southwest Airlines in the United States.The Presumed Crash of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 Is Nothing Like MH370 | Lennox Samuels | December 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
This leaves southwest, a serious competitor, as the only domestic carrier left able to claim “bags fly free.”Flying Coach Is the New Hell: How Airlines Engineer You Out of Room | Clive Irving | November 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In the Rockies, the number climbs to 26 percent, and in the southwest, fully a third are on board.
Close to 50,000 unaccompanied Central American minors showed up at the southwest border this year.
Checkpoints like this one and the 33 others along the southwest border are the source of frustration for the towns they occupy.A Shooting on a Tribal Land Uncovers Feds Running Wild | Caitlin Dickson | August 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Samuel Dale, an eminent pioneer in the settlement of the southwest, died in Lauderdale county, Mississippi.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
It will also certify that he made the pluckiest and most successful hundred-mile run ever pulled off in the southwest.Motor Matt's "Century" Run | Stanley R. Matthews
In this beautiful quadrangle, one of the most interesting features is the chapel at the southwest corner.British Highways And Byways From A Motor Car | Thomas D. Murphy
Looking away to the southwest, she beheld a sight that made her feel faint with fear.The value of a praying mother | Isabel C. Byrum
Away off to the southwest a bright light showed briefly—the headlight of a Santa Fe train, he guessed it must be.Cabin Fever | B. M. Bower
British Dictionary definitions for southwest (1 of 2)
the point of the compass or the direction midway between west and south, 225° clockwise from north
(often cap usually preceded by the) any area lying in or towards this direction
(sometimes capital) of or denoting the southwestern part of a specified country, area, etc: southwest Italy
situated in or towards the southwest
(esp of the wind) from the southwest
in, to, towards, or (esp of the wind) from the southwest
- Symbol: SW
- southwesternmost, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for Southwest (2 of 2)
the Southwest the southwestern part of Britain, esp Cornwall, Devon, and Somerset
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