Resource: Compass directions

Compass directions (also called ‘compass points’)[1] are displayed on a compass rose (also called a ‘wind rose’).[2] 32 compass directions have been internationally defined:

Compass directions
NNorthNENorth-eastNNENorth-northeastNbENorth by east
NEbNNortheast by north
NNWNorth-northwestNbWNorth by west
NWbNNorthwest by north
WWestNWNorth-westWNWWest-northwestNWbWNorthwest by west
WbNWest by north
WSWWest-southwestWbSWest by south
SWbWSouthwest by west
SSouthSESouth-eastSSWSouth-southwestSWbSSouthwest by south
SbWSouth by west
SSESouth-southeastSbESouth by east
SEbSSoutheast by south
EEastSWSouth-westENEEast-northeastNEbENortheast by east
EbNEast by north
ESEEast-southeastSEbESoutheast by east
EbSEast by south


  1. compass point’ (dictionary), Vocabolary.com, www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/compass point (accessed May 7th, 2019)
  2. Origins of the Compass Rose’ (web page), Bill Theon, GISnet: Specializing in the Art & Science of Where, 2001, www.gisnet.com/notebook/comprose.php (accessed May 7th, 2019)

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