- the transit of a heavenly body across the celestial meridian.
- south declination.
Origin of southing
verb (used without object)
Origin of south
Examples from the Web for southing
Historical Examples of southing
What southing do you allow our drift will be giving us, captain?The Frozen Pirate
W. Clark Russell
I made what southing I could; but, all that time, we were beset by it.The Wreck of the Golden Mary
I remember once, she was down on Central Avenue with Ross and he did southing or other that, wasn't nice.Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves
Work Projects Administration
There was enough of southing in the wind, to make his last course nearly due south.Jack Tier or The Florida Reef
James Fenimore Cooper
After the gale blew itself out, a fresh breeze succeeded, which enabled them rapidly to run down their southing.South American Fights and Fighters
Cyrus Townsend Brady
Word Origin for south
noun the South
- the area approximately south of Pennsylvania and the Ohio River, esp those states south of the Mason-Dixon line that formed the Confederacy during the Civil War
- the Confederacy itself
- of or denoting the southern part of a specified country, area, etc
- (capital as part of a name)the South Pacific
Old English suð "southward, to the south, southern, in the south," from Proto-Germanic *sunthaz, perhaps literally "sun-side" (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian suth "southward, in the south," Middle Dutch suut, Dutch zuid, German Süden), and related to base of *sunnon "sun" (see sun (v.)). Old French sur, sud (French sud), Spanish sur, sud are loan-words from Germanic, perhaps from Old Norse suðr.
As an adjective from c.1300; as a noun, "one of the four cardinal points," also "southern region of a country," both late 13c. The Southern states of the U.S. have been collectively called The South since 1779 (in early use this often referred only to Georgia and South Carolina). South country in Britain means the part below the Tweed, in England the part below the Wash, and in Scotland the part below the Forth. South Sea meant "the Mediterranean" (late 14c.) and "the English Channel" (early 15c.) before it came to mean (in plural) "the South Pacific Ocean" (1520s). The nautical coat called a sou'wester (1836) protects the wearer against severe weather, such as a gale out of the southwest.
see go south.