[west-nawrth-west; Nautical west-nawr-west]Navigation, Surveying
- 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
Origin of west-northwest
late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50
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Examples from the Web for west-northwest
Uangnang, west-northwest, Cumberland Sound; west-southwest in Akudnirn.The Central Eskimo
At the first dawn of day, a current drove it gently toward the west-northwest.Five Weeks in a Balloon
These dunes, 20 to 30 feet high, were deeply cut by winds from the west-northwest.
"I reckon we've been going about west-northwest since we left the settlement," one of the men said to Gerald.Harding of Allenwood
The wind, which had been blowing a gale from the southeast, veered suddenly to west-northwest.The Sea Rovers
Rufus Rockwell Wilson
- the point on the compass or the direction midway between west and northwest, 292° 30′ clockwise from north
- in, from, or towards this direction
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