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westing

[wes-ting] /ˈwɛs tɪŋ/
noun
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
1620-1630
1620-30; west + -ing1
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  • The sun was westing; the shadows stretched among the evergreen oaks; the outer air was sweet.

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

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

  • Their only occupation was to watch the sun until, by its sinking lower in the sky, they might discover its westing.

    The Boy Slaves Mayne Reid
  • Their only occupation was to watch the sun, until, by its sinking lower in the sky, they might discover its westing.

    The Boy Slaves Mayne Reid
  • Likewise, if the ship is moving westward, an allowance must be made for the westing of the ship.

    Lectures in Navigation Ernest Gallaudet Draper
  • 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.

  • And when the sun's westing told us it was time to go home, we went down all the way talking.

    Daisy Elizabeth Wetherell
British Dictionary definitions for westing

westing

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