Origin of west
Definition for west (2 of 3)
Definition for west (3 of 3)
Examples from the Web for west
There is, however, a separate wing of AQAP designed to inspire their followers to conduct attacks against the West.U.S. Spies See Al Qaeda Fingerprints on Paris Massacre|Shane Harris, Nancy A. Youssef|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The need for an Ebola vaccine in West Africa has never been greater.
With Ebola still raging in West Africa, the race to find a vaccine is heating up.
I meet Otis J. the night he arrives at “The Castle,” a West Harlem halfway house for newly-released convicts.His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside|Justin Rohrlich|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
A gifted marketer, he sent samples of the hat to merchandisers all over the West, asking for a minimum order of a dozen.
The Fort Riley troops are always called on when there is trouble in the West.My Native Land|James Cox
A small silver coin of the West Indies, six of which make a bitt.The Sailor's Word-Book|William Henry Smyth
By this time the sun was low in the west, and a short time afterward it dipped under the rim of the prairie.Bert Wilson in the Rockies|J. W. Duffield
The sky was still red in the west and the evening star hung directly over the Bergsons' wind-mill.O Pioneers!|Willa Cather
We could drive down there in a little while to the mouth of the West Fork, but I think we can get better fishing somewhere else.The Young Alaskans on the Missouri|Emerson Hough
British Dictionary definitions for west (1 of 3)
- to be lost or destroyed irrevocably
- to die
Word Origin for west
British Dictionary definitions for west (2 of 3)
noun the West
- that part of the US lying approximately to the west of the Mississippi
- (during the Colonial period) the region outside the 13 colonies, lying mainly to the west of the Alleghenies
- of or denoting the western part of a specified country, area, etc
- (as part of a name)the West Coast
British Dictionary definitions for west (3 of 3)
Word Origin and History for west
Old English west "in or toward the west," from Proto-Germanic *wes-t- (cf. Old Norse vestr, Old Frisian, Middle Dutch, Dutch west, Old High German -west, only in compounds, German west), from PIE *wes- (source of Greek hesperos, Latin vesper "evening, west"), perhaps an enlarged form of root *we- "to go down" (cf. Sanskrit avah "downward"), and thus literally "direction in which the sun sets." Cf. also High German dialectal abend "west," literally "evening."
French ouest, Spanish oeste are from English. West used in geopolitical sense from World War I (Britain, France, Italy, as opposed to Germany and Austria-Hungary); as contrast to Communist Russia (later to the Soviet bloc) it is first recorded in 1918. West Indies is recorded from 1550s.
Idioms and Phrases with west
see go west.