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west by south

noun Navigation, Surveying.
  1. a point on the compass 11°15prime; south of west. Abbreviation: WbS
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Historical Examples of west by south

  • According to his story he was obliged to tack and take the direction of west-by-south.

    De Orbe Novo, Volume 1 (of 2)

    Trans. by Francis Augustus MacNutt

  • About fifty minutes after sunset, observed a strong ray of light in the west-by-south quarter, supposed to be a zodiacal light.

  • The wind, I should say, at this time was west-by-south, and we were going nearly nine knots through the water.

    Tales of the Sea

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • At eight this morning the weather cleared up, and the wind decreased to a fine top-gallant gale, and settled at west-by-south.

  • He steered, as nearly as he could calculate, west-by-south, allowing at a guess for the set of the tide.

    Major Vigoureux

    A. T. Quiller-Couch


British Dictionary definitions for west by south

west by south

noun
  1. one point on the compass south of west, 258° 45′ clockwise from north
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adjective, adverb
  1. in, from, or towards this direction
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