- a cardinal point of the compass, 90° to the left when facing north, corresponding to the point where the sun is seen to set. Abbreviation: W
- the direction in which this point lies.
- (usually initial capital letter) a region or territory situated in this direction, especially the western part of the U.S., as distinguished from the East: a vacation trip through the West.
- (initial capital letter) the western part of the world, as distinguished from the East or Orient; the Occident.
- (initial capital letter) the non-Communist countries of Western Europe and the Americas.
- directed or proceeding toward the west.
- coming from the west: a west wind.
- lying toward or situated in the west.
- Ecclesiastical. designating, lying toward, or in that part of a church opposite to and farthest from the altar.
- to, toward, or in the west: The car headed west.
- from the west: The wind blew west.
- go west, Informal. to die.
Origin of west
- Benjamin,1738–1820, U.S. painter, in England after 1763.
- Jerome AlanJerry, born 1938, U.S. basketball player, coach, and executive.
- Mae,1892?–1980, U.S. actress.
- NathanaelNathan Wallenstein Weinstein, 1902?–40, U.S. novelist.
- Paul,born 1930, U.S. poet, essayist, and novelist, born in England.
- Dame RebeccaCicily Isabel Fairfield Andrews, 1892–1983, English novelist, journalist, and critic, born in Ireland.
Examples from the Web for west
Contemporary Examples of 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
With Ebola still raging in West Africa, the race to find a vaccine is heating up.
The need for an Ebola vaccine in West Africa has never been greater.
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
January 3, 2015
A gifted marketer, he sent samples of the hat to merchandisers all over the West, asking for a minimum order of a dozen.My Love Letter to the Stetson
December 24, 2014
Historical Examples of west
The West and the East were met in conflict,—the old and the new, the stale and the fresh.
If the West stopped producin' men fur you, you'd be as bad off as if it stopped producin' food.
The ball of red fire in the west was half below the rim of the distant peak.
He said, 'We make precedents in the West when we can't find one to suit us.'
That's where our big West is, over that way—isn't it fresh and green and beautiful?
- one of the four cardinal points of the compass, 270° clockwise from north and 180° from east
- the direction along a parallel towards the sunset, at 270° clockwise from north
- the west (often capital) any area lying in or towards the westRelated adjectives: Hesperian, Occidental
- cards (usually capital) the player or position at the table corresponding to west on the compass
- situated in, moving towards, or facing the west
- (esp of the wind) from the west
- in, to, or towards the west
- archaic (of the wind) from the west
- go west informal
- to be lost or destroyed irrevocably
- to die
Word Origin for west
- the western part of the world contrasted historically and culturally with the East or Orient; the Occident
- (formerly) the non-Communist countries of Europe and America contrasted with the Communist states of the EastCompare East (def. 2)
- (in the US)
- 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
- (in the ancient and medieval world) the Western Roman Empire and, later, the Holy Roman Empire
- of or denoting the western part of a specified country, area, etc
- (as part of a name)the West Coast
- Benjamin. 1738–1820, US painter, in England from 1763
- Kanye, born 1977, US rap singer and producer; his albums include The College Dropout (2004) and Graduation (2007)
- Mae. 1892–1980, US film actress
- Nathanael, real name Nathan Weinstein. 1903–40, US novelist: author of Miss Lonely-Hearts (1933) and The Day of the Locust (1939)
- Dame Rebecca, real name Cicily Isabel Andrews (née Fairfield). 1892–1983, British journalist, novelist, and critic
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.
see go west.