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[wes-ting] /ˈwɛs tɪŋ/
Navigation. the distance due west made good on any course tending westward; westerly departure.
Surveying. a distance west from a north-south reference line.
Origin of westing
First recorded in 1620-30; west + -ing1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The sun was westing; the shadows stretched among the evergreen oaks; the outer air was sweet.

    Daisy Elizabeth Wetherell
  • In order to move the mountain of flesh a westing purchase and a "handy-billy" (rope and block purchase) had to be rigged.

    The Home of the Blizzard Douglas Mawson
  • Since then, and up till noon, I had made 23.7 miles of westing.

  • Well, this is running your westing down if anybody should ride up in a go-devil and ask you.

  • Their only occupation was to watch the sun until, by its sinking lower in the sky, they might discover its westing.

    The Boy Slaves Mayne Reid
  • Their only occupation was to watch the sun, until, by its sinking lower in the sky, they might discover its westing.

    The Boy Slaves Mayne Reid
  • The westing we were making brought us among people who are frequently visited by the Mambari as slave-dealers.

  • Not alone were they nimble because of the westing, but a benignant sun was shining down and limbering their stiff bodies.

  • And when the sun's westing told us it was time to go home, we went down all the way talking.

    Daisy Elizabeth Wetherell
  • Likewise, if the ship is moving westward, an allowance must be made for the westing of the ship.

    Lectures in Navigation Ernest Gallaudet Draper
British Dictionary definitions for westing


(nautical) movement, deviation, or distance covered in a westerly direction, esp as expressed in the resulting difference in longitude
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