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noun Navigation, Surveying.
  1. a point on the compass 11°15′ west of south. Abbreviation: SbW
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Historical Examples

  • At two o'clock in the morning, the wind veered round to south-by-west, and moderated, but a heavy sea was still running.

    An Historical Journal of the Transactions at Port Jackson and Norfolk Island

    John Hunter

  • We made our easting, worked down through the doldrums, and caught a fresh breeze out of south-by-west.

  • It was dark by now, with stars in the sky and a breath of wind from the south and south-by-west.

    The Harbor Master

    Theodore Goodridge Roberts


British Dictionary definitions for south by west

south by west

noun
  1. one point on the compass west of south; 191° 15′ clockwise from north
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adjective, adverb
  1. in, from, or towards this direction
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