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[west-south-west; Nautical west-sou-west]Navigation, Surveying
  1. a point on the compass midway between west and southwest.
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  1. coming from this point: a west-southwest wind.
  2. directed toward this point: a west-southwest course.
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  1. toward this point: sailing west-southwest. Abbreviation: WSW
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Origin of west-southwest

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400
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Examples from the Web for west-southwest

Historical Examples of west-southwest

  • Uangnang, west-northwest, Cumberland Sound; west-southwest in Akudnirn.

    The Central Eskimo

    Franz Boas

  • And they showed me that I should go to it by the west-southwest, and I think so.

  • One of these branches rises in the west-southwest, near the headwaters of the Arkansas.

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

  • At eleven, our line being well formed, Suffren made signal to keep away to west-southwest, by a movement all together.

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
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adjective, adverb
  1. in, from, or towards this direction
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Symbol: WSW
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