a point on the compass midway between west and northwest.
coming from this point: a west-northwest wind.
directed toward this point: a west-northwest course.
toward this point: sailing west-northwest.Abbreviation: WNW
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How to use west-northwest in a sentence
The lubber's point on the telltale marked due west northwest.The Wreck of the Titan | Morgan Robertson
After we passed this our course lay west-northwest to another cape called Sah Wa Larn.Siam | George B. Bacon
The wind was west-northwest, and the course northeast by east, with the sea continuing to roll against us in front.Journal of Jasper Danckaerts, 1679-1680 | Jasper Danckaerts
It runs mostly east and east-southeast, and west and west-northwest.Journal of Jasper Danckaerts, 1679-1680 | Jasper Danckaerts
A ranch about 25 kilometers west-northwest of Tehuantepec; arid scrub forest .A Distributional Study of the Amphibians of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, Mexico | William E. Duellman
British Dictionary definitions for west-northwest
the point on the compass or the direction midway between west and northwest, 292° 30′ clockwise from north
in, from, or towards this direction
- Symbol: WNW
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