[ west-south-west; Nautical west-sou-west ]

  1. a point on the compass midway between west and southwest.

  1. coming from this point: a west-southwest wind.

  2. directed toward this point: a west-southwest course.

  1. toward this point: sailing west-southwest.Abbreviation: WSW

Origin of west-southwest

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400

Words Nearby west-southwest

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How to use west-southwest in a sentence

  • Christy had taken a course from the entrance of 253 the sound, half way between the island and Town Point, west-southwest.

  • The west—southwest corner—the southeast corner is where he started across, but he come out on Patton on the southwest corner.

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  • Frederick read the compass in front of the wheel and saw that the Roland lay west-southwest.

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  • "And when it blows from the west-southwest we say, evil befall this time of storm," said Padre Francesco, nodding wisely.

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  • September 19 was another clear day; wind moderate to brisk, west-southwest; temperature, 42 to 60.

British Dictionary definitions for west-southwest


  1. the point on the compass or the direction midway between southwest and west, 247° 30′ clockwise from north

adjective, adverb
  1. in, from, or towards this direction

  • Symbol: WSW

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