Definition of north-westerly in English:


adverb & adjective

  • another term for north-west
    • ‘A particularly spectacular blackbird arrival was recorded during November 5, 1961 following a north-westerly gale the previous day.’
    • ‘Yesterday it was reported that Dennis was 400 km west of St Vincent moving in a west north-westerly direction, raging toward Jamaica and Cuba.’
    • ‘A north-westerly breeze and periods of good sunshine continued throughout the day which made things pleasant for everyone.’
    • ‘While playing into a cold north-westerly breeze, Bruff kept the deficit down to a manageable size until just before half time, when we conceded two quick goals.’
    • ‘Late last year, on the streets and in the conference rooms of Seattle, the most north-westerly city of the USA, there was an unmistakable feeling in the air: the sensation of history being made.’
    • ‘Wintry showers in the West and North will gradually become more isolated and the north-westerly winds will ease.’
    • ‘As the north-westerly wind whistled shrilly through the willows near my house, I concluded that this year would be special for kite-lovers.’
    • ‘Carlisle was the most north-westerly town in the Roman Empire.’
    • ‘Approaching the Mersey Bar Lightship at a quarter-to-seven she was hit by a severe north-westerly gale.’
    • ‘The weather was beautiful and sunny with a slight north-westerly breeze.’
    • ‘They have come here in unprecedented numbers, which we believe has happened while they were travelling through strong north-westerly winds between Orkney and Iceland.’
    • ‘The capital of the Northern Territory, Darwin is on the north-westerly tip of Australia and was strategically situated for maintaining a supply route and a stop-off base for armed forces heading into the Pacific Theatre.’
    • ‘I had sailed for about a mile in a north-westerly direction and the sea began to get very choppy.’
    • ‘The cold north-westerly wind blasting across the royal estate yesterday ensured neither of these marks would be threatened.’
    • ‘Throughout the race, a hot north-westerly wind had been throwing waves of warmth at the competitors.’
    • ‘The MoD has been using Cape Wrath as a live bombing range for nearly 70 years with the tacit agreement of the residents of nearby Durness, mainland Britain's most north-westerly village.’
    • ‘Forecaster Gerard Bellam says north-westerly winds are on the way, which will give the country, especially eastern regions, a chance to warm up.’
    • ‘ESB spokesperson Pauline Madigan said the situation could have been much worse as the winds were south-westerly instead of the usually more damaging north-westerly winds.’
    • ‘Exposed on the Atlantic coast like this, a north-westerly storm could bring some enormous waves straight in on the wreck site.’
    • ‘Today the forecast was for a cold north-westerly wind with the odd flurry of snow.’


  • another term for northwester
    • ‘Monday's strong wind gave the fleet a good race as boats tacked off from the start to find the best wind in the main north-westerly, or to pick up the north-easterly air stream down Troutbeck.’
    • ‘Back on the ship, the 14-man team were fighting against strengthening north-westerlies.’
    • ‘The sky cleared, the sun came out and the race started on schedule, albeit in a very light, fickle north-westerly.’
    • ‘Another summer wind, a north-westerly, blowing over Iraq and the Persian Gulf.’
    • ‘The waves whipped up by the north-westerly made entry interesting, especially when trying to get our fins on.’