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?
Not sure if this is the right category for this question, but it's the best I could find.
- az_lenderLv 78 months agoFavorite Answer
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.
- Donut TimLv 78 months ago
The answer by "az_lender" is correct.
Dg is incorrect
billrussell42 gave an answer that did not address your question.
- D gLv 78 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
- billrussell42Lv 78 months ago
The points of the compass mark the divisions on a compass, which is primarily divided into the four cardinal directions: north, south, east, and west. These points are further subdivided by the addition of the four intercardinal (or ordinal) directions—northeast (NE), southeast (SE), southwest (SW), and northwest (NW)—to indicate the eight principal winds. In meteorological usage, further intermediate points between the cardinal and intercardinal directions, such as north-northeast (NNE) are added to give the sixteen points of a compass rose.