Definition of north-east in English:



  • 1usually the north-eastThe direction towards the point of the horizon midway between north and east.

    ‘I pointed to the north-east’
    • ‘He sent them off between the Sky and the Earth, one to the south, another to the east, another to the north-east.’
    • ‘‘We hope that the opening of the fifth site will make it easier for people, particularly those living to the north-east of York, to travel into the city centre,’ he said.’
    • ‘One of the most problematic wind directions is from the north-east, wiping out many dive sites along the south coast and also on the northern side of the peninsula.’
    • ‘Centred early yesterday over mountainous south-western Georgia, the storm was expected to weaken to a tropical depression within hours and curve back toward the north-east.’
    • ‘Many of the semi-detached houses to the north-east of the town centre were built for Vickers' workforce.’
    • ‘And she knew exactly where it came from, from an area about three hundred and fifty miles to the north-east of that area, and they'd been collecting seeds and using them for food.’
    • ‘As you walk there are views down Bowenvale Valley, and across Christchurch to Pegasus Bay in the east, and the Kaikoura mountains to the north-east.’
    • ‘Aramac is about an hour north-east of Longreach.’
    • ‘It has a magnificent site at the top of the island's hill, looking down towards the village and offering views of Mykonos to the north-east, Paros to the east and Los to the south.’
    • ‘He said there were several other accidents on the ring road, and others on the B1225 York-Wetherby road and on the A64 to the north-east of York, but within the city boundary.’
    • ‘To the north-east, the town of Menindee on the banks of the Darling River has a population of around 1,000.’
    • ‘The main body lies roughly to the north-east, though I advise against using a compass.’
    • ‘It then runs along the motorway north to Penrith before swinging north east to Langwathby and running down to the north-east of Appleby and Brough to the A66 at South Stainmore.’
    • ‘A wander north-east will take you to Tate Modern.’
    • ‘Avoid the rocky outcrops, and when you reach approximately the 550-metre contour line, bear round to the east and then the north-east until you arrive at the steep slope which leads onto the wide summit ridge.’
    • ‘It crashed into a wooded area about 3km north-east of the town.’
    • ‘The remodelled house occupies a corner plot, facing north-east towards the hills of the Parque Metropolitano.’
    • ‘Walvis Bay is linked by rail and road to the rest of country and to the land-locked countries to the east and north-east of Namibia.’
    • ‘First, it faces north-east, the worst direction.’
    • ‘So, here I am in Horton Heath, to the north-east of Southampton and just east of Eastleigh where I lived from 1992 to 1995.’
    1. 1.1 The compass point corresponding to north-east.
      • ‘Quickly she marked north, east, south and west as well as north-east, north-west, south-east and south-west.’
  • 2The part of a country, region, or town lying to the north-east.

    ‘the north-east of Scotland’
    • ‘One of the test areas was in the east and north-east of Scotland, and the other was in Coventry in Warwickshire in the middle of England.’
    • ‘I can't explain it: but then, students of the literature emanating from the chilly north-east have always had the same trouble.’
    • ‘Alan Shearer was named the north-east's footballer of the year while Hartlepool's Ritchie Humphreys was named the Nationwide League player of the year but it was Dolan who picked up arguably the top honour.’
    • ‘Bill Maynard, one of Urban Splash's directors, moved to Liverpool from the north-east 20 years ago.’
    • ‘St Abbs is a fishing village in the north-east, just south of the Scottish border, which has become justifiably very popular with divers.’
    • ‘Some schools stayed closed yesterday and airlines struggled to catch up as the US north-east plowed out after the powerful weekend snowstorm that piled snow nearly four feet deep in places.’
    • ‘The ruling body for women's soccer down south celebrated their centenary in 1999 and can look back on a stunning history where women's teams in the north-east once attracted tens of thousands of spectators.’
    • ‘The best-preserved section of Roman wall is in the north-east of the town, along the Rue de la Citadelle.’
    • ‘Despite the withdrawals and 1,500 job losses, the talk in the bars and offices of the north-east is upbeat as the North Sea beckons this new wave of explorers.’
    • ‘David has been a chef for nearly 12 years, training at Darlington College in his native north-east after leaving school.’
    • ‘The north-east of England is a land where uplands and lowlands meet, and are never far apart.’
    • ‘Tucked away in the far north-east, wedged between the borders of Bhutan, Burma and Tibet, Arunachal Pradesh is India's newest and least-known state.’
    • ‘Screening for women aged between 50 and 64 was introduced in the Eastern Health Board region, the midlands and the north-east.’
    • ‘Although Aberdeen's retail fate is far from unique, its rich oil economy and position as regional capital of the north-east has fuelled a greater commercial concentration than in similar sized cities.’
    • ‘He had been due to travel to Tripoli on a connecting flight from Heathrow yesterday afternoon, after taking the British Midland flight to the capital from the north-east.’
    • ‘Forecasts for the US north-east, the world's largest heating oil market, showed frigid temperatures this week that could add pressure to already thin stockpiles.’
    • ‘The north-south divide is emphasised by the fact that directors in the north-east and East Midlands also get up to 12 per cent below the average.’
    • ‘At first this was confined to the older industrial regions of the north-east, Scotland, and South Wales.’
    • ‘A loose travelling circus built around a nine-piece band, the Rolling Thunder Revue sucked any number of guests into its orbit as it worked its way around the American north-east.’
    • ‘But sporadic fighting continues between militiamen, rebels and government troops in the lawless north-east.’


  • 1Lying towards, near, or facing the north-east.

    ‘a seaside resort on the north-east coast of Kent’
    • ‘As part of the multi-million-pound road improvement, southbound traffic would flow onto a new link road at the north-east corner of the junction where empty shops owned by the Council would have to be demolished to make way.’
    • ‘The typhoon blew in from Vietnam and swept over the northeast region of Thailand.’
    • ‘Yorkshire intend to start building the north-east stand next winter at a cost of between £800,000 and £1.1m, money they will have to find themselves.’
    • ‘He left them at the edge of its northeast corner behind a parapet wall.’
    • ‘With Mr Dempsey and Mr Brady both based in Meath West, leaving Ms Wallace on her own in Meath East, the ideal scenario would be to identify a candidate in the north-east corner of the county.’
    • ‘The Great Barrier Reef spans almost 135,000 square miles along Australia's north-east coast.’
    • ‘On the north-east coast, Royal Findhorn Yacht Club's race officials were thwarted by unfavourable tides and dying wind for day one of their dinghy regatta.’
    • ‘She told me how my grandfather Robert's elder brother, John Linklater, came to New Zealand from Orkney in the 1870s, and bought a farm at Gisborne on the north-east coast.’
    • ‘This is Menie Links, a 4,000-year-old unspoiled coastal dune system on the north-east coast of Scotland which Molly Forbes has christened paradise.’
    • ‘Found off Australia's north-east coast during the tropical wet season (our winter), it is a smaller relative of the lethal box jellyfish.’
    • ‘It has all the ferocity of a gust that has been snowballing since its departure from Cullen - 20 miles away, but clearly in view across Spey Bay - along the north-east coast.’
    • ‘Currently our attention is directed towards the north-east coast, starting in Lincolnshire and working up until we find an area where the quality of life is high, and where property prices match the depth of our pocket.’
    • ‘In the north-east quadrant was a second circle, although little survives.’
    • ‘Escorted visits to the site at Dauphin (which is on the north-east coast) are being developed and will most likely be available by next fall.’
    • ‘Towards the north-east corner of the site there was a shrine which later became the site for a small Roman temple.’
    • ‘The inhabitants of Eriskay earned a reputation as whisky lovers after helping themselves to the precious cargo of the SS Politician, which ran aground off the north-east coast of the island in 1941.’
    • ‘It is a densely-populated island and only once did I ever feel I had truly escaped; on a wonderful beach on the north-east coast, accessible from a cattle track through a field.’
    • ‘Salvador is located in the southernmost province of the impoverished northeast region of Brazil.’
    • ‘It was thought that the most remote instrument was in a church at Wick at the very north-east tip of Scotland, but then this one appeared in the Netherlands.’
    • ‘Growing up, mine sat on the front northeast corner of the house.’
    1. 1.1 (of a wind) blowing from the north-east.
      ‘there was a strong north-east wind’
      • ‘It was a dull October day, complete with rain-filled sky and a chill north-east wind.’
      • ‘The orientation of the valley means that you will find flat calm water for 200 to 300m offshore, even in a north-east gale.’
      • ‘A stronger seasonal contrast with cooler Northern Hemisphere winters likely intensified northeast trade winds.’
      • ‘The sun shone high in the December sky and a cold north-east wind dried the countryside after weeks of rain.’
      • ‘Whether the orange plastic buckets will stand the north-east winds is another matter.’
      • ‘The current north-east monsoon has already begun its exit moving westward over the Arabian Sea causing rain over the coastal part of the State.’
      • ‘The northeast monsoon, which brings us most of our water, has set in.’
      • ‘Given the prevailing south-west to north-east winds of the Sudbury summer, Penage is normally upwind, not downwind, from the smokestacks.’
      • ‘From December-April the north-east monsoon is generally dry.’
      • ‘The wetter south-west season runs from May-November and the north-east monsoon from December-April.’
      • ‘The shore, one of the most westerly in Africa, is cooled by the north-east trade winds, taking some of the edge off the searing tropical heat.’
      • ‘The monsoon season begins in summer when northeast trade winds reverse direction and carry water-saturated air inland.’
      • ‘And the north-east monsoon which set in on October 12, is here to stay.’
  • 2Of or denoting the north-eastern part of a specified country, region, or town.

    ‘north-east London’
    • ‘Rail works continuing until Bank Holiday Monday will mean Virgin cross country trains from Birmingham to north-east Scotland will be diverted from Leeds and Wakefield to Doncaster and Sheffield.’
    • ‘Many perceived that the greatest effect was felt in clients in the Northeast corridor, especially in the NYC area.’
    • ‘Much of south-east Queensland has become a carpark, almost, during commuter hours, and north-east New South Wales is not much better.’
    • ‘Benito Mussolini was born on July 29th 1883 near Predappio, in north-east Italy.’
    • ‘Mr Rutter said that in 2006 the company's business plan was to launch services to Jersey, north-east Scotland and the French areas of Bordeaux, Bergerac and Brittany.’
    • ‘Keith said he likes to be busy, enjoying family, gardening, water-skiing and fishing, north-east Victoria and traveling Australia and overseas.’
    • ‘The highest snowfall was in north-east Scotland where between two and four inches fell on high ground, but further snow is not expected today.’
    • ‘Unlike the riders you can enjoy the luxury of looking out across much of south-west France and north-east Spain when you eventually reach the summit.’
    • ‘Fragments of other dinosaurs have been found over the past years near Naples and near Trieste, in north-east Italy.’
    • ‘The eagle's owners have said the bird is ‘friendly’ and are of course concerned about her safety as she could be anywhere in the north-east London, Kent, Essex or even Suffolk areas.’
    • ‘Scotland is fortunate relative to several other UK regions, such as north-east England and Wales, in the number of major public and private businesses that have their headquarters here.’
    • ‘Past generations of researchers have examined the monumental stone sculpture of northern England and the north-east Midlands largely in an attempt to chart the movements of the Danish settlers.’
    • ‘As they were named, many parts of Britain were put on flood alert, with three severe flood warnings in Scotland and more than 70 alerts on rivers from the Tay in north-east Scotland to south-west England.’
    • ‘Moreover demographic growth was regionally concentrated in the areas of industrial expansion, first in north-east Wales, then in south Wales.’
    • ‘By 1941, the only way the western Allies could assist China directly was over the mountains through eastern India and north-east Burma.’
    • ‘They have a production company, Shooting Pictures, and are executive producing Fly Fishing, a film about male escorts, which is being shot in locations around their north-east London home.’
    • ‘Roads along the coastline in north and north-east Trinidad began to rapidly erode because of heavy rainfall, sometimes closing off residents' access to the rest of the country.’
    • ‘Like many former mining towns in north-east England, Easington is still struggling to come to terms with the sudden loss of the major local employer.’
    • ‘He has a 600-acre beef farm near Benalla, in north-east Victoria.’
    • ‘Perhaps this is due to the strong production ties that northeast Louisiana has and the students that it draws.’


  • To or towards the north-east.

    ‘the ship sailed north-east’
    ‘the north-east-facing slopes’
    • ‘I think his reply was that they'd see them if they went north-east a bit.’