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  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.
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Origin of westing

First recorded in 1620–30; west + -ing1
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Examples from the Web for westing

Historical Examples

  • Since then, and up till noon, I had made 23.7 miles of westing.

    The Cruise of the Snark

    Jack London

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

  • Well, this is running your westing down if anybody should ride up in a go-devil and ask you.

  • The westing we were making brought us among people who are frequently visited by the Mambari as slave-dealers.

  • Not alone were they nimble because of the westing, but a benignant sun was shining down and limbering their stiff bodies.

British Dictionary definitions for westing


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