1. uncountable noun [oft the NOUN]
The south-west is the direction which is halfway between south and west.
⇒ ...the village of Popplewell, some six miles to the south-west.
2. singular noun
The south-west of a place, country, or region is the part which is towards the south-west.
[+ of] ⇒ ...the mountains in the south west of the U.S.A..
3. adverb [ADVERB after verb]
If you go south-west, you travel towards the south-west.
⇒ We took a plane south-west across the Anatolian plateau to Cappadocia.
Something that is south-west of a place is positioned to the south-west of it.
[+ of] ⇒ ...a gold mine at Orkney, south-west of Johannesburg.
5. adjective [ADJECTIVE noun]
The south-west part of a place, country, or region is the part which is towards the south-west.
⇒ ...a light aircraft crash near Stranraer in South-West Scotland.
⇒ ...in the south-west corner of my garden.
6. adjective [ADJECTIVE noun]
A south-west wind is a wind that blows from the south-west.
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