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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.
Before the guns on the Richmond and Kingston line of hills began, there was a fitful cannonade far away in the southwest, due, I believe, to guns being fired haphazard before the black vapour could over- whelm the gunners.
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.

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