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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A distance traveled southward.
  • n. The time when the moon souths.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Tendency or progress southward.
  • n. The time at which the moon, or other heavenly body, passes the meridian of a place.
  • n. Distance of any heavenly body south of the equator; south declination; south latitude.
  • n. Distance southward from any point departure or of reckoning, measured on a meridian; -- opposed to northing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Tendency or motion to the south.
  • n. In astronomy, the transit of the moon or a star across the meridian of a place.
  • n. In navigation, the difference of latitude made by a ship in sailing to the southward.
  • n. In surveying and in navigation, the linear distance measured in a north and south direction from the northerly end of a line to the true east and west line or the parallel of latitude passing through the southerly end of the line. Geometrically the southing or the northing of a line is equal to its east and west projection on to a meridian. The southing of a line thus is equal to its northing, and the former or the latter will be used solely in accordance with the direction of real or imaginary motion along the line.


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  • How it came to me I know not -- call it an inspiration if you will; but the thought arose in me: if southing is latitude, why isn't westing longitude?

    Chapter 14

  • How it came to me I know not - call it an inspiration if you will; but the thought arose in me: if southing is latitude, why is n't westing longitude?

    The Amateur Navigator

  • From January 5 onwards for two weeks we steamed steadily towards the west, repeatedly changing course to double great sheets of pack which streamed away to the north, pushing through them in other places where the welcome "water-sky showed strong" ahead, making "southing" for days following the trend of the ice, then grappling with it in the hope of winning through to the land and at last returning to the western track along the margin of brash which breaks the first swell of the Southern

    The Home of the Blizzard Being the Story of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-1914

  • By morning no more than a faint air was blowing from the eastward, and, unable to make appreciable southing by it, Captain Davenport hauled up full-and-by on the port track.


  • When demonstrators attempted to take away their megaphones, in order to stop them from southing down other speakers, the Svoboda boys shoved and even punched back, continuing to repeat over and over, "Tiah-ny-bok!"

    Damian Kolodiy: Circus at the Ukrainian Parliament 9/7/2010

  • All Vivaldi, all southing, all the time, you mean?

    KDFCization of WQXR?

  • Champlain wrote that “contrary winds from the south-southwest and west-northwest…drove us as far as latitude 42 degrees, without being able to make a southing.”

    Champlain's Dream

  • Mihr, the seventh month; and lasted six days, with feasts, festivities and great rejoicings in honour of the Sun, who now begins his southing-course to gladden the other half of the world.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • We managed to make a little southing during the next day, but noon found us

    South: the story of Shackleton’s last expedition 1914–1917

  • I did not wish to lose the benefit of the original southing.

    South: the story of Shackleton’s last expedition 1914–1917


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  • " was found that the Surprise had made eighty-seven miles of southing, almost all of it since the morning watch."

    --Patrick O'Brian, The Letter of Marque, 88

    February 29, 2008