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, is not a great circle.
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. cf Greek hesperus and Roman vesper.
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Other articles related to "west, directions, direction":
... Continuing west through industrial areas into Anne Arundel County, the route encounters the northern terminus of Maryland Route 10 (Arundel Expressway) at a directional interchange ... This interchange has access to northbound MD 2 in both directions and from northbound MD 2 to the westbound direction ... interchange provides access to southbound MD 2 from both directions and to the eastbound direction from southbound MD 2 ...
Famous quotes related to west:
“O native country, repossessed by thee!
For, rather than Ill to the West return,
Ill beg of thee first here to have mine urn.
Weak I am grown, and must in short time fall;
Give thou my sacred relics burial.”
—Robert Herrick (15911674)
“Out where the handclasps a little stronger,
Out where the smile dwells a little longer,
Thats where the West begins.”
—Arthur Chapman (18731935)
“I am less disposed to think of a West Point education as requisite for this business than I was at first. Good sense and energy are the qualities required.”
—Rutherford Birchard Hayes (18221893)
“Biography is a very definite region bounded on the north by history, on the south by fiction, on the east by obituary, and on the west by tedium.”
—Philip Guedalla (18891944)
“East and west on fields forgotten
Bleach the bones of comrades slain,
Lovely lads and dead and rotten;
None that go return again.”
—A.E. (Alfred Edward)