West southwest
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-southwest — /west sowth west /; Naut. /west sow west /, Navig., Survey. n. 1. a point on the compass midway between west and southwest. adj. 2. coming from this point: a west southwest wind. 3. directed toward this point: a west southwest course. adv. 4.… …   Universalium

  • west-southwest — [west′south΄west′; ] naut. [, west′south΄west′] n. the direction, or the point on a mariner s compass, halfway between due west and southwest; 22°30′ south of due west adj., adv. 1. in or toward this direction 2. from this direction: said as of a …   English World dictionary

  • west-southwest — west′ southwest′ n. 1) sur a point on the compass midway between west and southwest 2) sur coming from this point: a west southwest wind[/ex] 3) sur directed toward this point 4) sur toward this point Abbr.: WSW • Etymology: 1350–1400 …   From formal English to slang

  • west-southwest — I. (|) ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ adverb (or adjective) Etymology: Middle English west southwest 1. : toward west southwest 2. : from west southwest II. noun : a compass po …   Useful english dictionary

  • west-southwest — noun The compass bearing or compass point halfway between west and southwest, specifically 247.5°, abbreviated as WSW …   Wiktionary

  • west southwest — compass direction located between west and southwest …   English contemporary dictionary

  • west southwest — noun the compass point midway between west and southwest • Syn: ↑WSW • Hypernyms: ↑compass point, ↑point …   Useful english dictionary

  • west-southwest — noun Date: 15th century a compass point that is two points south of due west ; S67°30′W …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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

  • west-southwestward — /west sowth west weuhrd/; Naut. /west sow west weuhrd/, Naut. adj. 1. moving, bearing, facing, or situated toward the west southwest. adv. 2. toward the west southwest. Also, west southwestwardly. [WEST SOUTHWEST + WARD] * * * …   Universalium

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