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1. the point of the compass or the direction midway between west and south, 225° clockwise from north
2. (esp of the wind) from the southwest


the southwestern part of Britain, esp Cornwall, Devon, and Somerset
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Sure enough, a dim path seemed to branch off from the road they were on, and it led across pretty green meadows and past leafy groves, straight toward the southwest.
"Well," said Dorothy, "we're going southwest, and it seems just as easy to follow that direction without a path as with one."
The reef on which we had struck was close in under the southwest end of Mull, off a little isle they call Earraid, which lay low and black upon the larboard.
Masterless, penniless, and with my only means of livelihood, fighting, gone, I determined to work my way to the southwest and attempt to retrieve my fallen fortunes in a search for gold.
And toward the southwest the black boy led the Hon.
George's Hill, Weybridge, and the village of Send, southwest of Ripley.

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