"Take your orni and fly due south-west."

I heard this quote in a dialogue from the game "Dune" and I am wondering if the usage of "due" is applicable in this case.

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In your example sentence due is used as an adverb. According to The Free Dictionary, definition #1, as adverb, it means straight, directly.

  1. Straight; directly: Go due west.
  • Mersi de informatii, esti cumva traducator?
    – Rare
    Commented Jun 8, 2019 at 21:19
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    Da, așa este, @Rare. Commented Jun 9, 2019 at 5:20

"Due" in this case means "exactly". That is "due southwest" means to travel at 225 degrees (if north is 0).

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