Hypertext Webster Gateway: "Western"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Western \West"ern\, a.
1. Of or pertaining to the west; situated in the west, or in
the region nearly in the direction of west; being in that
quarter where the sun sets; as, the western shore of
France; the western ocean.

Far o'er the glowing western main. --Keble.

2. Moving toward the west; as, a ship makes a western course;
coming from the west; as, a western breeze.

{Western Church}. See {Latin Church}, under {Latin}.

{Western empire} (Hist.), the western portion of the Roman
empire, as divided, by the will of Theodosius the Great,
between his sons Honorius and Arcadius, a. d. 395.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: relating to or characteristic of regions of western parts of
the world; "the Western Hemisphere"; "Western Europe";
"the Western Roman Empire" [ant: {eastern}]
2: lying in or toward the west [syn: {westerly}]
3: of or characteristic of regions of the United States west of
the Mississippi River; "a Western ranch" [ant: {eastern}]
4: lying toward or situated in the west; "our company's western
5: of wind; from the west [syn: {westerly}]
6: (of music) characteristic of rural life [syn: {country(a)},
{folk(a)}, {hillbilly}, {western(a)}]
n 1: a film about life in the western US during the period of
exploration and development [syn: {Western}, {horse
2: a sandwich made from a western omelet [syn: {western

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