West by south
West West, n. [AS. west, adv.; akin to D. west, G. west, westen, OHG. westan, Icel. vestr, Sw. vest, vester, vestan, Dan. vest, vesten, and perhaps to L. vesper evening, Gr. ?. ????. Cf. {Vesper}, {Visigoth}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The point in the heavens where the sun is seen to set at the equinox; or, the corresponding point on the earth; that one of the four cardinal points of the compass which is in a direction at right angles to that of north and south, and on the left hand of a person facing north; the point directly opposite to east. [1913 Webster]

And fresh from the west is the free wind's breath. --Bryant. [1913 Webster]

2. A country, or region of country, which, with regard to some other country or region, is situated in the direction toward the west. [1913 Webster]

3. Specifically: (a) The Westen hemisphere, or the New World so called, it having been discovered by sailing westward from Europe; the Occident. (b) (U. S. Hist. & Geog.) Formerly, that part of the United States west of the Alleghany mountains; now, commonly, the whole region west of the Mississippi river; esp., that part which is north of the Indian Territory, New Mexico, etc. Usually with the definite article. [1913 Webster]

{West by north}, {West by south}, according to the notation of the mariner's compass, that point which lies 111/4[deg] to the north or south, respectively, of the point due west.

{West northwest}, {West southwest}, that point which lies 221/2[deg] to the north or south of west, or halfway between west and northwest or southwest, respectively. See Illust. of {Compass}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • west-by-south — westˈ by southˈ noun The direction midway between west and west south west • • • Main Entry: ↑west …   Useful english dictionary

  • west by south — n. the direction, or the point on a mariner s compass, halfway between due west and west southwest; 11°15′ south of due west …   English World dictionary

  • west by south — west′ by south′ n. sur a point on the compass 11°15′ south of west Abbr.: WbS …   From formal English to slang

  • west by south — noun the compass point that is one point south of due west • Syn: ↑WbS • Hypernyms: ↑compass point, ↑point * * * I. : a compass point that is one point south of due west : S 78° 45′ W abbr. WbS, W by S; see compass card …   Useful english dictionary

  • west by south — south west, compass direction located between south and west …   English contemporary dictionary

  • west by south — noun Surveying, Navigation 11°15 (one point) south of west; 258°45 from due north. Abbrev.: W by S …   Australian English dictionary

  • west by south — Date: 1577 a compass point that is one point south of due west ; S78°45′W …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • west by south — Navig., Survey. a point on the compass 11°15prime; south of west. Abbr.: WbS * * * …   Universalium

  • west by south — noun The compass point halfway between west and west southwest, specifically 258.75°, abbreviated as WbS …   Wiktionary

  • south-west-by-south — south westˈ by southˈ noun The direction midway between south west and south south west • • • Main Entry: ↑south …   Useful english dictionary

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