Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The difference in longitude between two positions as a result of a movement to the west.
  • n. Progress toward the west.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A distance west of a datum line on a map or chart
  • n. A distance travelled westward

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The distance, reckoned toward the west, between the two meridians passing through the extremities of a course, or portion of a ship's path; the departure of a course which lies to the west of north.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Space or distance westward; space reckoned from one point to another westward from it; specifically, in plane sailing, the distance, expressed in nautical miles, which a ship makes good in a westerly direction; a ship's departure when sailing westward. See departure, 5.

Etymologies

From west.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • I'z just "westing". . . some bears hibernate longer than others.

    Open Thread for Thursday

  • Here we were, well abreast and reeling off westing.

    CHAPTER XXXIII

  • The regular passage is far to the east around Staten Island, which means a loss of westing, and here, at the tip of the world, where the great west wind, unobstructed by any land, sweeps round and around the narrow girth of earth, westing is the thing that has to be fought for mile by mile and inch by inch.

    CHAPTER XXXIII

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

    CHAPTER XL

  • Whether the mate's face was clean or dirty had no bearing upon westing.

    MAKE WESTING

  • He, in turn, was haunted by one thought of action, a sailing direction for the Horn: Whatever you do, make westing! make westing!

    MAKE WESTING

  • Secretly, he pledged himself anew to the Powers of Darkness, if they would let him make westing.

    MAKE WESTING

  • All Saturday and Saturday night the Mary Rogers raced her westing.

    MAKE WESTING

  • Ordinarily this lavatarial dereliction would have caught Captain Cullen's eye and vocabulary, but in the present his mind was filled with making westing, to the exclusion of all other things not contributory thereto.

    MAKE WESTING

  • Powers of Darkness for a bit of westing, for a slant to take him around.

    MAKE WESTING

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  • From the title of a great album. TFD has an actual definition: "The difference in longitude between two positions as a result of a movement to the west."

    December 14, 2006