[ west-south-west; Nautical west-sou-west ]
/ ˈwɛstˌsaʊθˈwɛst; Nautical ˈwɛstˌsaʊˈwɛst /
Navigation, Surveying


a point on the compass midway between west and southwest.


coming from this point: a west-southwest wind.
directed toward this point: a west-southwest course.


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

Origin of west-southwest

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400
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British Dictionary definitions for west-southwest



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

adjective, adverb

in, from, or towards this direction
Symbol: WSW
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