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[doun-wind] /ˈdaʊnˈwɪnd/
in the direction toward which the wind is blowing:
We coasted downwind.
on or toward the lee side:
The lion was running downwind of us and caught our scent.
moving downwind:
a downwind current.
situated on or toward the lee side:
The downwind halyard blew outboard.
Compare upwind.
Origin of downwind
First recorded in 1850-55; down1 + wind1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • And when a buffalo ran, he ran into the wind, not downwind, like the deer.

  • But they were downwind from it and it went elsewhere in search of prey.

    A World Called Crimson Darius John Granger
  • Saltation is downwind movement of particles in a series of jumps or skips.

    Deserts A. S. Walker
  • Note that this was downwind for him, and that rhinoceroses usually escape upwind.

    The Land of Footprints Stewart Edward White
  • Well, just remember this then, never make a downwind landing with a seaplane in a wind blowing over eighteen miles an hour.

  • The downwind portion of the dune, the lee slope, is commonly a 35 steep avalanche slope referred to as a slipface.

    Deserts A. S. Walker
  • They fastened the dogs in a clump of dwarfed spruce and built a small fire on the downwind side of the trees.

    The Yellow Horde Hal G. Evarts
British Dictionary definitions for downwind


adverb, adjective
in the same direction towards which the wind is blowing; with the wind from behind
towards or on the side away from the wind; leeward
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