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A compass rose with west highlighted
A compass rose with west highlighted
This article refers to the cardinal direction; for other uses see West (disambiguation).

West is most commonly a noun, adjective, or adverb indicating direction or geography. A common compass rose as is found on a nautical chart showing both true and magnetic north with magnetic declination A compass rose is a figure displaying the orientation of the cardinal directions, north, south, east and west on a map or nautical chart. ... West may refer to: West, one of the four cardinal directions in geography The Western world The Western United States in general, or more specifically the American Old West, an era in history in that part of the United States, also known as the Old West or Wild West. Buddha... In linguistics, a noun or noun substantive is a lexical category which is defined in terms of how its members combine with other grammatical kinds of expressions. ... In grammar, an adjective is a word whose main syntactic role is to modify a noun or pronoun (called the adjectives subject), giving more information about what the noun or pronoun refers to. ... Adverbs redirects here. ... This article is about positional information. ...

West is one of the four cardinal directions or compass points. It is the opposite of east and is perpendicular to north and south. A compass rose showing the cardinal directions Cardinal directions or cardinal points are the four principal directions or points of the compass in plane. ... This article is about the navigational instrument. ... A compass rose For other uses, see East (disambiguation). ... Fig. ... Look up North in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For other uses, see South (disambiguation). ...

By convention, the left side of a map is west. It has been suggested that Convention (norm) be merged into this article or section. ... For other uses, see Map (disambiguation). ...

To go west using a compass for navigation, set a bearing or azimuth of 270°. This article is about determination of position and direction on or above the surface of the earth. ... In navigation, a bearing is the clockwise angle between a reference direction (or a datum line) and the direction to an object. ... Azimuth is the horizontal component of a direction (compass direction), measured around the horizon, from the north toward the east (i. ...

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. This article is about Earth as a planet. ... Sol redirects here. ...

West is also a last name.

Moving continuously west is following a circle of latitude, which, except in the case of the equator, is not a great circle. On the Earth, a circle of latitude is an imaginary east-west circle that connects all locations with a given latitude. ... World map showing the equator in red In tourist areas, the equator is often marked on the sides of roads The equator marked as it crosses Ilhéu das Rolas, in São Tomé and Príncipe. ... For the Brisbane bus routes known collectively as the Great Circle Line (598 & 599), see the following list of Brisbane Transport routes A great circle on a sphere A great circle is a circle on the surface of a sphere that has the same diameter as the sphere, dividing the...

The English word "west" is cognate to the Old High German word westar, which may derive from an Indo-European root from which the Latin word vesper, meaning "evening", derives. The (Late Old High) German speaking area of the Holy Roman Empire around 950. ... The Proto-Indo-European language (PIE) is the hypothetical common ancestor of the Indo-European languages, spoken by the Proto-Indo-Europeans. ... For other uses, see Latins and Latin (disambiguation). ...

"The West" often denotes the Western world. Although a somewhat subjective term (see North-South divide), it always includes the noncommunist countries of Europe and America.[1] Occident redirects here. ... The updated view of the north-south divide based on its accurate definition of the north. ...

Symbolic meanings

In Chinese Buddhism, the West represents movement toward the Buddha or enlightenment (see Journey to the West). The ancient Aztecs believed that the West was the realm of the great goddess of water, mist, and maize. In Ancient Egypt, the West was considered to be the portal to the netherworld, and is the cardinal direction regarded in connection with death, though not always with a negative connotation. Ancient Egyptians also believed that the Goddess Amunet was a personification of the West.[2] The Celts believed that beyond the western sea off the edges of all maps lay the Otherworld, or Afterlife. Buddhism is a variety of teachings described as a religion[1] or way of life that attempts to identify the causes of human suffering and offer a set of practices that are claimed to end, or ease suffering. ... For the historical founder of Buddhism, see Gautama Buddha. ... The four heroes of the story, left to right: Sūn Wùkōng, Xuánzàng, Zhū Bājiè, and Shā Wùjìng. ... For other uses, see Aztec (disambiguation). ... Impact from a water drop causes an upward rebound jet surrounded by circular capillary waves. ... This article is about the maize plant. ... The pyramids are the most recognizable symbols of the civilization of ancient Egypt. ... For other meanings of the word underworld see Underworld (disambiguation) In the study of mythology and religion, the underworld is a generic term approximately equivalent to the lay term afterlife, referring to any place to which newly-dead souls go. ... For other uses, see Death (disambiguation). ... For the 1934 film, see The Goddess (1934 film). ... In Egyptian mythology, Amunet (also spelled Amonet, Amaunet, Amentet, Amentit, Imentet, Imentit, and Ament) was originally the female form of the originally androgynous god Amun. ...

In American literature (eg. The Great Gatsby), moving west symbolizes gaining freedom, perhaps as an association with the settling of the Old West (see also Manifest Destiny). American literature refers to written or literary work produced in the area of the United States and Colonial America. ... This article is about the novel. ... This article is about the history and influence of the concept. ...


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  1. ^ west at Merriam-Webster, Dictionary
  2. ^ Campbell, Joseph. The Mythic Image. Princeton University Press, 1981.
Wiktionary (a portmanteau of wiki and dictionary) is a multilingual, Web-based project to create a free content dictionary, available in over 151 languages. ... For other uses, see Joseph Campbell (disambiguation). ... Cardinal point redirects here. ... Look up North in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Ordinal directions are the four compass directions: northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest, located halfway between the cardinal directions. ... A compass rose For other uses, see East (disambiguation). ... Ordinal directions are the four compass directions: northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest, located halfway between the cardinal directions. ... For other uses, see South (disambiguation). ... Ordinal directions are the four compass directions: northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest, located halfway between the cardinal directions. ... Ordinal directions are the four compass directions: northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest, located halfway between the cardinal directions. ... A modern compass card. ...

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