- the direction, or the point on a mariner's compass, halfway between north and west; 45° west of due north
- a district or region in or toward this direction
- in, of, to, toward, or facing the northwest
- from the northwest: a northwest wind
in or toward the northwest
- Northwest Territory
- the NW part of the U.S., esp. Wash., Oreg., and Ida.
- the NW part of Canada
- Abbr. NW The direction or point on the mariner's compass halfway between due north and due west, or 45° west of due north.
- An area or region lying in the northwest.
- Northwesta. A historical region of the north-central United States west of the Mississippi River and north of the Missouri River.b. A region of the northwest United States, generally including Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.
- To, toward, of, facing, or in the northwest.
- Originating in or coming from the northwest: a northwest wind.
In, from, or toward the northwest.