Jane asked in Science & MathematicsGeography · 8 months ago

# What does it mean when a direction is by itself?

Like, west by west or east by north. Sometimes it's really long, like north by north by north by north or something like that. What does this mean?

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Not sure if this is the right category for this question, but it's the best I could find.

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• 8 months ago

In the USA, the only names of this kind that are officially sanctioned are: north by east, north by west, east by north, east by south, south by east, south by west, west by north, and west by south.

Each of the above points is 1/32 of a circle away from one of the cardinal points (N, E, S, or W). That's 11.25 degrees. The first direction in the name is the primary direction that the point is NEAR; the second direction tells the direction of the 11.25-degree deflection. For example, south by west is almost due south, but not quite: it's exactly 11.25 degrees west of due south.

• 8 months ago

The answer by "az_lender" is correct.

Dg is incorrect

billrussell42 gave an answer that did not address your question.

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8 months ago

you are stating them incorrectly but it is a direction only

NW ... is north west or N by west

it is another way of saying part way between north and west

NNW .. is North by North West

that is direction half way between North and NW

since we know NW is half way between N and W

then North by North West is 1/4 the way away from NORTH to the west

it will always be made of directions that are 90 DEGS to each other

E and W are 90 degs to South and North

so you will have South by SE

but never North by SouthE to my knowledge