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west British & World English

The direction towards the point of the horizon where the sun sets at the equinoxes, on the left-hand side of a person facing north

west English Thesaurus

the Scottish west coast

west New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

(abbreviation W; capital in reference to Europe and North America, or in contrast with the former communist states of eastern Europe)

east–west British & World English

Extending between the east and the west

north by east British & World English

Between north and north-north-east (or north-north-west)

south by east British & World English

Between south and south-south-east (or south-south-west)

the West in west British & World English

Europe and North America seen in contrast to other civilizations

West in west British & World English

The player sitting to the right of North and partnering East

West, Benjamin British & World English

(1738–1820), American painter, resident in Britain from 1763. He became historical painter to George III in 1769 and the second president of the Royal Academy in 1792. Notable works: The Death of General Wolfe (1771)

West, Dame Rebecca British & World English

(1892–1983), Irish-born British writer and feminist; born Cicily Isabel Fairfield. She is best remembered for her study of the Nuremberg trials The Meaning of Treason (1949). Other notable works: The Fountain Overflows (novel, 1957)

West, Dorothy British & World English

(1907–98), US writer. She wrote about racism and class and was a spokesman for the Harlem Renaissance during the 1920s. Her novels include The Living Is Easy (1948) and The Wedding (1995). The Richer, the Poorer (1995) is a collection of autobiographical pieces

West, Jerry British & World English

(1938-), US basketball player and coach; full name Jerry Alan West. A guard, he played for the Los Angeles Lakers 1960–74. After retiring as a player, he coached the Lakers 1976–79 and then became their general manager in 1982. Basketball Hall of Fame (1979)

West, Mae British & World English

(1892–1980), American actress and dramatist. She made her name on Broadway in her own comedies Sex (1926) and Diamond Lil (1928), memorable for their spirited approach to sexual matters, before embarking on her successful Hollywood career in the 1930s

West, Nathanael British & World English

(1903–40), US writer; born Nathan Wallenstein Weinstein. His works include novels such as Miss Lonelyhearts (1933), A Cool Million (1934), and The Day of the Locust (1939)

go west British & World English

Be killed or lost; meet with disaster

East–West in east–west British & World English

Relating to the relationship between the eastern and western parts of the world or of a country, region, or town

Far West British & World English

The regions of North America in the Rocky Mountains and along the Pacific coast

Key West British & World English

A city in southern Florida, at the southern tip of the Florida Keys; population 22,364 (est. 2008). It is the southernmost city in the continental US

Mae West British & World English

An inflatable life jacket, originally as issued to RAF personnel during the Second World War

West Bank British & World English

A region west of the River Jordan and north-west of the Dead Sea; population 2,461,300 (est. 2009). It contains Jericho, Hebron, Nablus, Bethlehem, and other settlements. It became part of Jordan in 1948 and was occupied by Israel following the Six Day War of 1967. In 1993 an agreement was signed which granted limited autonomy to the Palestinians, who comprise 97 per cent of its inhabitants; withdrawal of Israeli troops began in 1994 but conflict in the area continues

West Bend British & World English

An industrial city in southeastern Wisconsin, on the Milwaukee River; population 29,894 (est. 2008)

West End British & World English

The entertainment and shopping area of London to the west of the City

West Side British & World English

The western part of any of several North American cities or boroughs, especially the island borough of Manhattan, New York

Wild West British & World English

The western regions of the US in the 19th century, when they were lawless frontier districts. The Wild West was the last of a succession of frontiers formed as settlers moved gradually further west

West Bank New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

region west of the River Jordan, occupied by Israel after the Six Day War of 1967

Middle West British & World English

Another term for Midwest.

North West British & World English

A province of northern South Africa, formed in 1994 from the NE part of Cape Province and SW Transvaal; capital, Mafikeng

north-west British & World English

The direction towards the point of the horizon midway between north and west

south-west British & World English

The direction towards the point of the horizon midway between south and west

West Africa British & World English

The western part of the African continent, especially the countries bounded by and including Mauritania, Mali, and Niger in the north and Gabon in the south

West Allis British & World English

An industrial city in southeastern Wisconsin, southwest of Milwaukee; population 59,416 (est. 2008)

West Bengal British & World English

A state in eastern India; capital, Kolkata (Calcutta). It was formed in 1947 from the predominantly Hindu area of former Bengal

West Briton British & World English

An Irish person who greatly admires England or Britain

West Coast British & World English

The western seaboard of the US from Washington to California

West Covina British & World English

A city in southwestern California, east of Los Angeles; population 105,790 (est. 2008)

west-facing British & World English

Facing the west

West Fargo British & World English

A city in southeastern North Dakota, a suburb of Fargo; population 23,708 (est. 2008)

West Haven British & World English

A town in southwestern Connecticut, west of New Haven; population 52,420 (est. 2008)

West Indian British & World English

A native or inhabitant of any of the islands of the West Indies

West Indies British & World English

A chain of islands extending from the Florida peninsula to the coast of Venezuela, lying between the Caribbean and the Atlantic

West Irian British & World English

Another name for Irian Jaya.

West Jordan British & World English

A city in north central Utah, south of Salt Lake City; population 104,447 (est. 2008)

West Orange British & World English

A suburban township in northeastern New Jersey, northwest of Newark; population 42,617 (est. 2008)

West Papua British & World English

A province of Indonesia in the western part of the island of New Guinea

West Point British & World English

The US Military Academy, founded in 1802, located on the site of a former strategic fort on the west bank of the Hudson River in New York State

West Saxon British & World English

A native or inhabitant of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Wessex

West Seneca British & World English

A town in western New York, southeast of Buffalo; population 43,795 (est. 2008)


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