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west by south

noun, Navigation, Surveying.
a point on the compass 11°15prime; south of west.
Abbreviation: WbS. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He steered, as nearly as he could calculate, west-by-south, allowing at a guess for the set of the tide.

    Major Vigoureux A. T. Quiller-Couch
  • According to his story he was obliged to tack and take the direction of west-by-south.

    De Orbe Novo, Volume 1 (of 2) Trans. by Francis Augustus MacNutt
  • About fifty minutes after sunset, observed a strong ray of light in the west-by-south quarter, supposed to be a zodiacal light.

  • The wind, I should say, at this time was west-by-south, and we were going nearly nine knots through the water.

    Tales of the Sea W.H.G. Kingston
  • At eight this morning the weather cleared up, and the wind decreased to a fine top-gallant gale, and settled at west-by-south.

    Early Australian Voyages John Pinkerton
  • I pricked that place off on the chart with my dividers, and with my parallel rulers found that west-by-south was the true course.

British Dictionary definitions for west-by-south

west by south

one point on the compass south of west, 258° 45′ clockwise from north
adjective, adverb
in, from, or towards this direction
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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