[west-south-west; Nautical west-sou-west]Navigation, Surveying
- a point on the compass midway between west and southwest.
- coming from this point: a west-southwest wind.
- directed toward this point: a west-southwest course.
- toward this point: sailing west-southwest. Abbreviation: WSW
Origin of west-southwest
Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400
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Examples from the Web for west-southwest
Uangnang, west-northwest, Cumberland Sound; west-southwest in Akudnirn.The Central Eskimo
And they showed me that I should go to it by the west-southwest, and I think so.The Life of Christopher Columbus from his own Letters and Journals
Edward Everett Hale
One of these branches rises in the west-southwest, near the headwaters of the Arkansas.The Adventures of Captain Bonneville
Christy had taken a course from the entrance of 253 the sound, half way between the island and Town Point, west-southwest.Within The Enemy's Lines
At eleven, our line being well formed, Suffren made signal to keep away to west-southwest, by a movement all together.
- the point on the compass or the direction midway between southwest and west, 247° 30′ clockwise from north
- in, from, or towards this direction
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