the transit of a heavenly body across the celestial meridian.
movement or deviation toward the south.
distance due south made by a vessel.
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How to use southing in a sentence
His cell looked South, and thus he could study the movements of the moon and the planets, and note the southing of the stars.The Age of Erasmus | P. S. Allen
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
But after a few weeks of content the southing spirit again seized upon the old male who had hitherto been the unquestioned leader.Kings in Exile | Sir Charles George Douglas Roberts
With a southing wind blowing stiff from the icy Antarctic wastes, they “put it to her!”The Viking Blood | Frederick William Wallace
On the 31st, to my mortification, the river held so much to the northward, that we undid almost all our southing.
British Dictionary definitions for southing
nautical movement, deviation, or distance covered in a southerly direction
astronomy a south or negative declination
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