- 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.
Origin of downwind
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Saltation is downwind movement of particles in a series of jumps or skips.Deserts
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Note that this was downwind for him, and that rhinoceroses usually escape upwind.The Land of Footprints
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Well, just remember this then, never make a downwind landing with a seaplane in a wind blowing over eighteen miles an hour.Dorothy Dixon Wins Her Wings
- 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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