- the direction to the left of a person facing north; direction in which sunset occurs: it is properly the point on the horizon at which the center of the sun sets at the equinox
- the point on a compass at 270°, directly opposite east
- a region or district in or toward this direction
Origin of westMiddle English from OE, akin to German from Indo-European an unverified form we- ( from base an unverified form au-, down, away from) from source Classical Greek hesperos, Classical Latin vesper, evening
- in, of, to, toward, or facing the west
- from the west: a west wind
- [W-] designating the W part of a continent, country, etc.: West Africa
- in, of, or toward that part of a church directly opposite the altar
in or toward the west; in a westerly direction
- the Western Hemisphere
- the Western Hemisphere and Europe, considered as a cultural or political entity
- the W part of the U.S.; specif.,
- Historical the region west of the Allegheny Mountains
- the region west of the Mississippi, esp. the NW part
- during the Cold War, the U.S. and its non-Communist allies in Europe & the Western Hemisphere
- 1738-1820; Am. painter, in England after 1763
- (born Nathan Wallenstein Weinstein) 1903-40; U.S. novelist
- (pseud. of Cicily, christened Cicely, Isabel Fairfield) 1892-1983; Brit. novelist & critic
- Abbr. W a. The cardinal point on the mariner's compass 270° clockwise from due north and directly opposite east.b. The direction opposite to the direction of the earth's axial rotation.
- An area or region lying in the west.
- often West a. The western part of the earth, especially Europe and the Western Hemisphere.b. The western part of a region or country.
- often West a. A historical region of the United States west of the Allegheny Mountains.b. The region of the United States west of the Mississippi River.
- often West a. The United States, Canada, and the noncommunist countries of Europe, especially during the Cold War.b. The nations of North America and Europe with developed capitalist economies, especially in contrast to less-developed nations.
- The end of a church opposite the altar. Also called liturgical west .
- To, toward, of, facing, or in the west.
- Originating in or coming from the west: a gentle west wind.
In, from, or toward the west.
Origin of westMiddle English from Old English; see wes-pero- in Indo-European roots.
- One of the four principal compass points, specifically 270Â°, conventionally directed to the left on maps; the direction of the setting sun at an equinox.
(third-person singular simple present wests, present participle westing, simple past and past participle wested)
- To move to the west; (of the sun) to set. [from 15th c.]
- The Western world; the regions, primarily situated in the Western Hemisphere, whose culture is derived from Europe.
- (historical) the Western Bloc (the noncommunist countries of Europe and America)
- (US) The Western United States in the 19th century era of terrestrial expansion; the Wild West.
- The western states of the United States.
- The European Union; a Western Region that is primarily an economic and political Bloc that covers 28 member states.
- Regions or countries lying to the west of a specified or implied point of orientation.
- The western part of any region.
- Senegal is a nation that lies in the West.
- The one of four positions at 90-degree intervals that lies to the west or at the left of a diagram.
- A person (as a bridge player) occupying this position during a specified activity.
- A surname for a newcomer from the west, or someone who lived to the west of a village.