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1. The southerly component of the distance traveled between two positions.
2. Progress toward the south.
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1. (Navigation) nautical movement, deviation, or distance covered in a southerly direction
2. (Astronomy) astronomy a south or negative declination
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(ˈsaʊ ðɪŋ)

1. movement or deviation toward the south.
2. distance due south made by a vessel.
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A current was setting to the westward, she made westing whether she made southing or not.
Roasting or southing a halved chile with oil and other ingredients spreads the heat and spice throughout a dish, but in a gentler, more diffuse way than if it were minced or flaked.
Plastic bags were used for collection of waste which were ultimately transferred to the selected southing side where they weighed by using collaborated weighing balance.