: a compass point that is two points south of due west : S67°30′W

Examples of west-southwest in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Space Frontiers–Hulton Archive/Getty Images Two planets—and maybe a comet—could also be spotted Venus will be visible 15 degrees west-southwest of the sun 10 minutes before totality, according to Astronomy. Mallory Moench, TIME, 6 Apr. 2024 The duo will appear in the west-southwest sky after sunset. Stephanie Vermillion, Travel + Leisure, 1 Mar. 2024 Venus will lie 15° west-southwest of the eclipsed Sun. Michael E. Bakich, Discover Magazine, 22 Jan. 2024 The quake hit at 2:44 a.m. and was located 69 miles west-southwest of San Diego and about 25 miles south of San Clemente Island. Karen Kucher, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Jan. 2024 The quake struck about 23 miles west-southwest from Mentone, Texas, around 4:27 a.m. local time. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, 8 Nov. 2023 But the survey also showed many new, previously undetected Roman forts running west-southwest between the Euphrates Valley and western Syria, as well as connecting the Tigris and Khabur rivers. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 30 Oct. 2023 Hurricane Norma heads for Mexico Category 2 Hurricane Norma had winds of 110 mph and even higher gusts Friday afternoon and was located about 255 miles west-southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico. Allison Chinchar, CNN, 20 Oct. 2023 The center of the storm was about 80 miles south-southeast of Eastport, Maine, and about 150 miles west-southwest of Halifax, Nova Scotia, according to the hurricane center. Alex Sundby, CBS News, 16 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of west-southwest was in the 15th century

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“West-southwest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/west-southwest. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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