Pronunciation: (south"west'; Naut.sou"west'), [key]
1. the point or direction midway between south and west. Abbr.: SW
2. a region in this direction.
3. the Southwest,the southwest region of the United States.
1. lying toward, situated in, or directed toward the southwest.
2. coming from the southwest, as a wind.
in the direction midway between south and west.
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