Meaning of WEST in English


/west/ , n.

1. a cardinal point of the compass, 90° to the left when facing north, corresponding to the point where the sun is seen to set. Abbr.: W

2. the direction in which this point lies.

3. ( usually cap. ) a region or territory situated in this direction, esp. the western part of the U.S., as distinguished from the East: a vacation trip through the West.

4. ( cap. ) the western part of the world, as distinguished from the East or Orient; the Occident.

5. ( cap. ) the non-Communist countries of Western Europe and the Americas.


6. directed or proceeding toward the west.

7. coming from the west: a west wind.

8. lying toward or situated in the west.

9. Eccles. designating, lying toward, or in that part of a church opposite to and farthest from the altar.


10. to, toward, or in the west: The car headed west.

11. from the west: The wind blew west.

12. go west , Informal. to die.

[ bef. 900; ME, OE; c. D, G west, ON vestr; cf. F ouest, OF ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .