AskDefine | Define northeast

Dictionary Definition

north-east adv : to, toward, or in the northeast [syn: northeast, nor'-east]northeast adj
1 situated in or oriented toward the northeast; "the northeasterly part of the island" [syn: northeastern, northeasterly]
2 coming from the northeast; "northeasterly winds" [syn: northeasterly]


1 the compass point midway between north and east; at 45 degrees [syn: nor'-east, NE]
2 the northeastern region of the United States [syn: northeastern United States] adv : to, toward, or in the northeast [syn: north-east, nor'-east]

User Contributed Dictionary

see Northeast


Alternative spellings


From north + east.


  1. The compass point halfway between north and east, specifically 45°, abbreviated as NE.


compass point


  1. Towards the northeast; northeastward.
  2. Of or pertaining to the northeast; northeastern.


  • Greek: βορειοανατολικός
  • Hungarian: északkeleti
  • Russian: северо-восточный
  • Greek: βορειοανατολικός
  • Hungarian: északkeleti
  • Russian: северо-восточный

Extensive Definition

Northeast or north east is the ordinal direction halfway between north and east. It is the opposite of southwest. See boxing the compass.
The term "northeast" or "north east" is often used by itself to refer to the northeastern sector of a geographic area, or for entities based in such a region.
In Europe:
In North and South America:
northeast in German: North East
northeast in Spanish: Nordeste
northeast in French: Nord-Est
northeast in Dutch: Nord-Est
northeast in Portuguese: Nordeste
northeast in Slovak: Southeast
northeast in Volapük: North East

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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