Definition of Southwest

1. Noun. The compass point midway between south and west; at 225 degrees.

Exact synonyms: Sou'-west, Southwestward, Sw
Generic synonyms: Compass Point, Point

2. Adjective. Coming from the southwest. "The winds are southwesterly"
Exact synonyms: Southwesterly
Similar to: South
Derivative terms: Southwester

3. Adverb. To, toward, or in the southwest.
Exact synonyms: Sou'west, South-west

4. Noun. The southwestern region of the United States generally including New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, Nevada, California, and sometimes Utah and Colorado.

5. Adjective. Situated in or oriented toward the southwest.
Exact synonyms: Southwesterly, Southwestern
Similar to: South

6. Noun. The direction corresponding to the southwestward compass point.
Generic synonyms: Direction

7. Noun. A location in the southwestern part of a country, region, or city.
Generic synonyms: Location

Definition of Southwest

1. n. The point of the compass equally from the south and the west; the southwest part or region.

2. a. Pertaining to, or in the direction of, the southwest; proceeding toward the southwest; coming from the southwest; as, a southwest wind.

Definition of Southwest

1. Noun. The compass point halfway between south and west, specifically 225°, abbreviated as SW. ¹

2. Adjective. Towards the southwest, southwestwards, southwestern. ¹

3. Adjective. From the southwest, southwesterly ¹

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Definition of Southwest

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Southwest

southwest (current term)
southwest by south
southwest by west
southwestern lip fern
southwestern toad
southwestern united states
southwestern white pine

Literary usage of Southwest

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Indian Affairs: Laws and Treaties by United States, Charles Joseph Kappler (1904)
"southwest quarter of southwest quarter of section 4; south half of southeast quarter and southeast quarter of south west quarter of section 5; north half of ..."

2. Bulletin by Tennessee Division of Geology, Geological Survey, Division of Geology, Tennessee (1913)
"l The writer's observations to the northeast and southwest agree with this statement. To the northeast at the Watts mine workable ore occurs with a ..."

3. Southern History of the War: The First Year of the War by Edward Alfred Pollard (1864)
"Prospect in the southwest.—Prospect in Tennessee.—Prospect in Virginia. ... Bnt the story of the southwest was one of almost unbroken disaster, owing less, ..."

4. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1910)
"The second group, of sixteen towns, is located to the west and southwest of the first, ... Shamir is placed by Guérin at Somara southwest of Hebron. ..."

5. The South in the Building of the Nation: A History of the Southern States by Walter Lynwood Fleming (1909)
"southwest Boundary. Another phase of the western boundary question was the line at the southwest corner between Arkan- ..."

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