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leading wind

[lee-ding wind] /ˈli dɪŋ ˈwɪnd/
noun, Nautical.
a wind abeam or on the quarter, especially one strong enough to be a good sailing wind. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • On leaving Beaufort, they ran off the coast with a smart breeze from south-west, making a leading wind of it.

    The Sea Lions James Fenimore Cooper
  • At daylight there was a leading wind up the river, and we made sail, carrying with us three-fourths of the flood.

    Poor Jack Frederick Marryat
  • With a leading wind 'Navahoe' slipped through to leeward into first place before getting to Cowes, and thence they squared away.

    Yachting Vol. 2 Various.
  • It seemed to me that a leading wind was necessary to go in and out of this passage, on account of the rapidity of the tides.

  • The wharf is lined with eager spectators as she glides up to her dock with a leading wind.

    The Sea Rovers Rufus Rockwell Wilson
  • Still we had many a turn and twist to make, but with a leading wind we had little difficulty in doing this.

    Hurricane Hurry W.H.G. Kingston
  • There is also an entrance to the west; but it is narrow and intricate, and requires a leading wind to pass through.

  • What was my joy then to see her brail up her sails, for she had a leading wind, and lower her boat!

    Old Jack W.H.G. Kingston
  • They therefore stood in close to the coast, as they had not a leading wind to Palermo.

    Mr. Midshipman Easy Captain Frederick Marryat
  • So that, without a leading wind, we were under a necessity of waiting two or three days.

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