Pronunciation: (nôrth"ēst'; Naut.nôr"ēst'),[key] —n. 1. a point on the compass midway between north and east. Abbr.: NE
2. a region in this direction.
3. the Northeast,the northeastern part of the United States.
—adv. toward or in the northeast: sailing northeast.
—adj. 1. coming from the northeast: a northeast wind. 2. directed toward the northeast: a northeast course.