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leeward

[lee-werd; Nautical loo-erd] /ˈli wərd; Nautical ˈlu ərd/
adjective
1.
pertaining to, situated in, or moving toward the quarter toward which the wind blows (opposed to windward).
noun
2.
the lee side; the point or quarter toward which the wind blows.
adverb
3.
toward the lee.
Origin of leeward
1540-1550
First recorded in 1540-50; lee1 + -ward
Related forms
leewardly, adverb
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  • The gale must have set us a long way to leeward, as we did not get in for a fortnight.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • They were a good way off, and but a little to leeward, as the ship headed.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • Then I heard the crash of the foremast as it went down to leeward.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • With the sea over one bow you must paddle on the leeward side.

    The Forest Stewart Edward White
  • Oswald Bareth was the first who clambered up from to leeward.

  • Not only this, but she will also drift to leeward when beating to windward.

    Boys' Book of Model Boats Raymond Francis Yates
  • They should have left the island to leeward, heading into the Caribbean and away from the archipelago.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • But he was too near, and the other ship fell off and was swept to leeward too rapidly.

    Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • "Look you, Captain Morgan," cried Hornigold, pointing to leeward.

    Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer Cyrus Townsend Brady
British Dictionary definitions for leeward

leeward

/ˈliːwəd; nautical ˈluːəd/
adjective
1.
of, in, or moving to the quarter towards which the wind blows
noun
2.
the point or quarter towards which the wind blows
3.
the side towards the lee
adverb
4.
towards the lee
Compare windward
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Word Origin and History for leeward
adj.

1660s, "situated away from the wind," on the opposite of the weather side of the ship; from lee + -ward.

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