What does west mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. West, Occidentnoun

    the countries of (originally) Europe and (now including) North America and South America

  2. west, due west, westward, Wnoun

    the cardinal compass point that is a 270 degrees

  3. West, western United Statesnoun

    the region of the United States lying to the west of the Mississippi River

  4. westnoun

    the direction corresponding to the westward cardinal compass point

  5. West, Rebecca West, Dame Rebecca West, Cicily Isabel Fairfieldnoun

    British writer (born in Ireland) (1892-1983)

  6. West, Mae Westnoun

    United States film actress (1892-1980)

  7. West, Benjamin Westnoun

    English painter (born in America) who became the second president of the Royal Academy (1738-1820)

  8. westadjective

    a location in the western part of a country, region, or city

  9. westadverb

    situated in or facing or moving toward the west

  10. westadverb

    to, toward, or in the west

    "we moved west to Arizona"; "situated west of Boston"

Wiktionary

  1. westnoun

    One of the four principal compass points, specifically 270°, conventionally directed to the left on maps; the direction of the setting sun at an equinox.

    Etymology: westan, whence also Old High German west, Old Norse vestr

  2. westadverb

    Towards the west; westwards.

    Etymology: westan, whence also Old High German west, Old Norse vestr

  3. westadjective

    Situated or lying in or toward the west; westward.

    Etymology: westan, whence also Old High German west, Old Norse vestr

  4. westadjective

    Of wind: from the west.

    Etymology: westan, whence also Old High German west, Old Norse vestr

  5. westadjective

    Of or pertaining to the west; western.

    Etymology: westan, whence also Old High German west, Old Norse vestr

  6. westadjective

    From the West; occidental.

    Etymology: westan, whence also Old High German west, Old Norse vestr

  7. Westnoun

    The Western world; the regions, primarily situated in the Western Hemisphere, whose culture is derived from Europe.

    Etymology: westan, whence also Old High German west, Old Norse vestr

  8. Westnoun

    for a newcomer from the west, or someone who lived to the west of a village.

    Etymology: westan, whence also Old High German west, Old Norse vestr

  9. Westnoun

    The Western bloc; the countries of Western Europe.

    Etymology: westan, whence also Old High German west, Old Norse vestr

  10. Westnoun

    The Western United States in the 19th century era of terrestrial expansion; the Wild West.

    Etymology: westan, whence also Old High German west, Old Norse vestr

  11. Westnoun

    The western states of the United States.

    Etymology: westan, whence also Old High German west, Old Norse vestr

  12. Westnoun

    The western part of any region.

    Etymology: westan, whence also Old High German west, Old Norse vestr

  13. Westnoun

    The European Union a Western Region that is primarily an economic and political Bloc that covers 27 Member States from Western Europe to Eastern Europe

    Etymology: westan, whence also Old High German west, Old Norse vestr

Webster Dictionary

  1. Westnoun

    the point in the heavens where the sun is seen to set at the equinox; or, the corresponding point on the earth; that one of the four cardinal points of the compass which is in a direction at right angles to that of north and south, and on the left hand of a person facing north; the point directly opposite to east

    Etymology: [AS. west.]

  2. Westnoun

    a country, or region of country, which, with regard to some other country or region, is situated in the direction toward the west

    Etymology: [AS. west.]

  3. Westnoun

    the Westen hemisphere, or the New World so called, it having been discovered by sailing westward from Europe; the Occident

    Etymology: [AS. west.]

  4. Westnoun

    formerly, that part of the United States west of the Alleghany mountains; now, commonly, the whole region west of the Mississippi river; esp., that part which is north of the Indian Territory, New Mexico, etc. Usually with the definite article

    Etymology: [AS. west.]

  5. Westadjective

    lying toward the west; situated at the west, or in a western direction from the point of observation or reckoning; proceeding toward the west, or coming from the west; as, a west course is one toward the west; an east and west line; a west wind blows from the west

    Etymology: [AS. west.]

  6. Westadverb

    westward

    Etymology: [AS. west.]

  7. Westverb

    to pass to the west; to set, as the sun

    Etymology: [AS. west.]

  8. Westverb

    to turn or move toward the west; to veer from the north or south toward the west

    Etymology: [AS. west.]

Freebase

  1. West

    West is a noun, adjective, or adverb indicating direction or geography. West is one of the four cardinal directions or compass points. It is the opposite of east and is perpendicular to north and south. To go west using a compass for navigation, one needs to set a bearing or azimuth of 270°. West is the direction opposite that of the Earth's rotation on its axis, and is therefore the general direction towards which the Sun sets. During the Cold War "the West" was often used to refer to the NATO camp as opposed to the Warsaw Pact and non-aligned nations. The expression survives, with an increasingly ambiguous meaning. Moving continuously west is following a circle of latitude, which, except in the case of the equator. The word west is derived from the name of one of the four dwarves in Norse mythology, Norðri, Suðri, Austri and Vestri, who each represented one of the directions of the world.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. West

    west, n. the quarter where the sun sets: one of the four chief points of the compass: the direction faced when one stands with his back to the high altar of a church: the countries to the west of Europe.—adj. situated towards or coming from the west: opposite the high altar of a church.—adv. towards the west.—v.i. (Spens.) to move towards the west.—adv. West′-about′, towards the west.—v.i. Wes′ter (obs.), to turn westward.—adjs. Wes′tering (Milt.), passing to the west; Wes′terly, lying or moving towards west: from the west.—adv. towards the west.—adj. Wes′tern, situated in the west: belonging to the west: moving towards, or coming from, the west.—n. an inhabitant of a western region or country.—ns. Wes′terner, a person belonging to the west; Wes′ternism, an idiom or other characteristic of western people.—adj. Wes′ternmost, furthest to the west.—n. Wes′ting, space or distance westward: departure westward: time of setting or reaching the west.—adv. West′ling, towards the west.—adj. West′most, most westerly.—adj. and adv. West′ward, towards the west.—advs. West′wardly, West′wards, towards the west.—Western Church, the Latin Church, as distinguished from the Eastern or Greek Church; Western Empire, the western division of the later Roman Empire; Western States, the states of the American Union lying west of the Alleghanies.—Westward ho! to the west! an old cry of London watermen plying westwards. [A.S. west (Fr. ouest, Ice. vestr); prob. conn. with Ice. vist, abode, L. vesper, Gr. hespera.]

Editors Contribution

  1. west

    Is an intuitively known direction or compass point on a navigational system on planet earth.

    West is the the other direction to East.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 9, 2017  

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'west' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #777

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'west' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1080

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'west' in Nouns Frequency: #343

Anagrams for west »

  1. wets

  2. stew, Stew

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of west in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of west in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of west in a Sentence

  1. Steve Scalise:

    With her background as majority whip in West Virginia, she was the perfect person to add on to the whip team.

  2. Ali Zarmdini:

    There are still some blind spots in intelligence, but they are advancing with the cooperation of neighboring countries and with the West.

  3. Uri Orbach:

    This decree is very serious and we will not allow it to pass unopposed. (on Israel offers 10-month West Bank settlement freeze)

  4. Amy Peikoff:

    Individuals should not be outsourcing their critical thinking toanyone — whether another individual, a company … or a government official, how has the West come to distrust the individual in such a fundamental way ? An appeal to authority is, as basic logic tells us, a fallacy. It is not the road to salvation, no matter how well intentioned.

  5. Billene Seyoum:

    The prime minister need not be a darling of the west, east, south or north, it is sufficient that he stands for the people of Ethiopia and the development of the nation.

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