Definition of southing in English:

southing

Line breaks: south|ing
Pronunciation: /ˈsaʊθɪŋ
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • 1Distance travelled or measured southward, especially at sea: the object of all vessels using this route is to get sufficient southing off the coast to beat around the Horn despite the violent winds
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    • Peter's been to the Faroes, we've been to the Orkneys and Iain, with various crew, has been making his southings down the West Coast visiting his old haunts.
  • 1.1 [count noun] A figure or line representing southward distance on a map.
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    • We've come to the exact co-ordinates given on the Internet, as a southing and an easting to the metre, to a spot out on a wall looking over Botany Bay with the clues that the cache is somewhere in this rockpile.
  • 1.2 Astronomy The transit of a celestial object, especially the sun, across the meridian due south of the observer.
  • 1.3 [count noun] Astronomy The angular distance of a star or other object south of the celestial equator.

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