- moving, directed, or situated toward the east: an easterly course.
- (especially of a wind) coming from the east: an easterly gale.
- toward the east.
- from the east.
- a wind that blows from the east.
Origin of easterly
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Examples from the Web for easterlies
The “westerlies” meet “easterlies” from the polar highs at about 50-60° N. and S.Deserts
A. S. Walker
- of, relating to, or situated in the east
- towards or in the direction of the east
- from the eastan easterly wind
- a wind from the east
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Word Origin and History for easterlies
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A wind, especially a prevailing wind, that blows from the east. The trade winds in tropical regions and the prevailing winds in the polar regions are easterlies. See illustration at wind.
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