[ wes-ting ]

  1. Navigation. the distance due west made good on any course tending westward; westerly departure.

  2. Surveying. a distance west from a north-south reference line.

Origin of westing

First recorded in 1620–30; west + -ing1

Words Nearby westing

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How to use westing in a sentence

  • In order to move the mountain of flesh a westing purchase and a "handy-billy" (rope and block purchase) had to be rigged.

    The Home of the Blizzard | Douglas Mawson
  • The following wind had been probably slightly east of south-east and too much westing had been made.

    The Home of the Blizzard | Douglas Mawson
  • She was making westing, and the Olympian Bluenose aft was driving his wind-harried steed up into fairer and warmer latitudes.

    The Viking Blood | Frederick William Wallace
  • We are somewhere off Cork, and when he makes a few miles more westing, he will bear away south.

    The Tiger of Mysore | G. A. Henty
  • The westing we were making brought us among people who are frequently visited by the Mambari as slave-dealers.

British Dictionary definitions for westing


/ (ˈwɛstɪŋ) /

  1. nautical movement, deviation, or distance covered in a westerly direction, esp as expressed in the resulting difference in longitude

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