moving or shifting toward the west: the westering sun; a westering wind.

Origin of westering

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425; see origin at wester2, -ing2



verb (used without object)

(of heavenly bodies) to move or tend westward.
to shift or veer toward the west.

Origin of wester

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75; see origin at west, -er6
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Examples from the Web for westering

Historical Examples of westering

  • The westering sun was drooping heavily toward its fiery couch.

    The Golden Woman

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • She stood just where the westering sun touched her with a golden glow.

    Janet of the Dunes

    Harriet T. Comstock

  • "Let us go back," said Margaret, at length, for the sun was westering.

    St. Cuthbert's

    Robert E. Knowles

  • Later I and my friends are going flying in the light of the westering sun.

  • The westering sun surprised them with the lateness of the hour.

    The Adventures of Bobby Orde

    Stewart Edward White

British Dictionary definitions for westering



poetic moving towards the westthe westering star



(intr) (of the sun, moon, or a star) to move or appear to move towards the west


a strong wind or storm from the west
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