• WordNet 3.6
    • adj northerly coming from the north; used especially of wind "the north wind doth blow","a northern snowstorm","the winds are northerly"
    • adj northerly situated in or oriented toward the north "the northern suburbs","going in a northerly direction"
    • adv northerly in a northern direction "they earn more up north","Let's go north!"
    • n northerly a wind that blows from the north
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Northerly Of or pertaining to the north; toward the north, or from the north; northern.
    • adv Northerly Toward the north.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • northerly Pertaining to or being in or toward the north; northern.
    • northerly Proceeding from the north.
    • northerly Toward the north: as, to sail northerly.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Northerly (th) being toward the north: coming from the north
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. north; cf. Ger. nord.


In literature:

Pennsylvania is understood to extend as far northerly as the banks of the lake Erie, where the French erected a fort.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II. From William and Mary to George II." by Tobias Smollett
Imbros, here, lies quite open to submarine attacks, and in a northerly gale, becomes a mere roadstead.
"Gallipoli Diary, Volume I" by Ian Hamilton
The most northerly of the Walnut Hills were on the starboard bow.
"Gideon's Band" by George W. Cable
From the northerly peak of Mt.
"A Truthful Woman in Southern California" by Kate Sanborn
In a few hours a regular "norther" had set in, and the ships beat to pieces on the ledge before the end of the day.
"On the Spanish Main" by John Masefield
They killed as many of the buffalo as they wished and after the fashion of the more northerly Indians reduced the meat to pemmican.
"The Young Trailers" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Through the northerly dip of the gulley he had seen the ship's boat whirled past an islet by the fierce current.
"The Stowaway Girl" by Louis Tracy
It has been found northerly in Ladakh, and easterly in Sikim.
"Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon" by Robert A. Sterndale
Adiutrix for work elsewhere, it recalled both governor and legion, and gave up the more northerly of his nominal conquests.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3" by Various
The compass is indicating a northerly direction.
"Under the Ocean to the South Pole" by Roy Rockwood

In poetry:

Give me the low of cattle,
The cayotes lone "ki-oo!"
The sightings of the Norther,
The owl's "whit-tu-woo!"
"Texas" by William Lawrence Chittenden
The keen wind nipped me northerly
And bent me back almost,
And I was the worst discouraged man
Abroad on any boast,
"The Bachelor" by John Crowe Ransom
Remembering the Strait of Belle Isle or
some northerly harbor of Labrador,
before he became a schoolteacher
a great-uncle painted a big picture.
"Large Bad Picture" by Elizabeth Bishop
Yet there's a keen sorrow comes o'er her at times,
As an Indian might feel in our northerly climes!
And she talks of the sunset, like parting of friends,
And the starlight, as love, that not changes nor ends.
"Blind Mary" by Thomas Osborne Davis

In news:

With boats on Lake Michigan and the city skyline behind him, the author stops for a short break on Northerly Island.
The highlight was a peaceful, uninterrupted 10-minute glide through Northerly Island, with its gorgeous scenery.
All along the way, our awesome guides gave us tidbits of Chicago history and fun factoids (Northerly Island's beautiful parkland was once the site of an airport—who would have guessed?
For several years, scientists had been watching a long crack near the tip of the northerly Petermann Glacier.
It's gone down in history as the Great Blue Norther .
Will there be concerts on Northerly Island this summer.
New plans for Northerly Island.
Northerly Island features rare open space, scattered by prarie.
PLANO — Nosh , the northerly sequel to Avner and Celeste Samuel's 18-month-old Oak Lawn "Euro bistro," has some wicked good fry cooks.
A tropical storm watch was in effect for that mid-Atlantic island, but Ophelia 's increasingly northerly path suggests it won't directly threaten the coastal United States.
Not long after takeoff from LaGuardia last January 15, as the Charlotte-bound US Airways flight was climbing out smoothly over the Bronx on a northerly heading, something hit the airplane.
Kevin Costner & Modern West played Norther Lights Friday night.
Fairly mild, northerly winds are forecast for Lake Erie this weekend.
The 13-year-old brooding freakshow in me loved the soundtrack coming out of the speakers at The Pinch , a new watering hole on 14th Street NW in northerly Columbia Heights.
Meigs gone, Northerly Island park is 'right thing to do'.

In science:

The axes are labelled X , Y , and Z , with Z axis parallel to the axis of the Earth in the northerly orientation.
Testing Relativity with Orbiting Oscillators
Diamonds represent the emission to the south, crosses the norther data.
ROSAT Observations of the Galactic Wind in M82
The present western and norther proper motions for both the Clouds are indicated.
Rotation of the Milky Way and the formation of the Magellanic Stream
A third unrelated, jet in a northerly direction, associated with the Crab nebula was found in a deep optical III aJ plate , although it was also present on isophote drawings .
Jets from Radio Pulsars