Definition of southing in English:



  • 1[mass noun] Distance 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’
    • ‘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. 1.1[count noun] A figure or line representing southward distance on a map.
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2Astronomy The transit of a celestial object, especially the sun, across the meridian due south of the observer.
    3. 1.3Astronomy [count noun] The angular distance of a star or other object south of the celestial equator.