see also: West
Pronunciation Noun

west (uncountable)

  1. 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, abbreviated as W.
Translations Adjective


  1. Situated or lying in or toward the west; westward.
  2. (meteorology) Of wind: from the west.
  3. Of or pertaining to the west; western.
  4. From the West; occidental.
  5. (ecclesiastial) Designating, or situated in, that part of a church which is opposite to, and farthest from, the east, or the part containing the chancel and choir.
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west (not comparable)

  1. Towards the west; westwards.

west (wests, present participle westing; past and past participle wested)

  1. To move to the west; (of the sun) to set. [from 15th c.]
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, V.prologue:
      Foure times his place he shifted hath in sight, / And twice has risen, where he now doth West, / And wested twice, where he ought rise aright.

Proper noun
  1. The Western world; the regions, primarily situated in the Western Hemisphere, whose culture is derived from Europe.
  2. (historical) the Western Bloc (the noncommunist countries of Europe and America)
  3. (US) The Western United States in the 19th century era of terrestrial expansion; the Wild West.
  4. The western states of the United States.
  5. The European Union; a Western Region that is primarily an economic and political Bloc that covers 27 member states.
  6. Regions or countries lying to the west of a specified or implied point of orientation.
  7. The western part of any region.
    Senegal is a nation that lies in the West.
  8. The one of four positions at 90-degree intervals that lies to the west or at the left of a diagram.
  9. A person (as a bridge player) occupying this position during a specified activity.
  10. Surname for a newcomer from the west, or someone who lived to the west of a village.
Translations Translations Translations Translations
  • French: Far West
  • Russian: Ди́кий За́пад

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