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southeaster

[south-ee-ster; Nautical sou-ee-ster] /ˌsaʊθˈi stər; Nautical ˌsaʊˈi stər/
noun
1.
a wind or storm from the southeast.
Origin of southeaster
1830-1840
First recorded in 1830-40; southeast + -er1
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  • Inside another hour there was no doubt that we were in for a southeaster.

    The Human Drift Jack London
  • That had poured itself out and given place to a southeaster.

    Poor Man's Rock Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • Perhaps it is wrong of us to curse this wind, for on board the Fram they are rejoicing that a southeaster has at last sprung up.

    Farthest North Fridtjof Nansen
  • Meantime the southeaster, dead ahead and blowing harder every minute, was sending its seas further and further aft.

    Overland

    John William De Forest
  • But before it came a change of wind; preceding which, as the southeaster died, there were a few moments of calm.

    Ralph Granger's Fortunes

    William Perry Brown
  • The southeaster sends endless battalions of waves rolling up there when it blows.

    Poor Man's Rock Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • When a southeaster blows the breakers beat with terrific force against the docks.

  • He had an ugly trip down the coast: lost his deck load and three men overboard in a southeaster off Nantucket Shoals.

    In Exile and Other Stories Mary Hallock Foote
  • Many a time had Captain Bean weathered Hatteras in a southeaster, but never had he met such a storm of feminine fury as this.

    Horses Nine Sewell Ford
  • As this small bit of land is low-lying, more than once when a southeaster has raged, the tiny isle has become entirely submerged.

    When the Cock Crows Waldron Baily
British Dictionary definitions for southeaster

southeaster

/ˌsaʊθˈiːstə; nautical ˌsaʊˈiːstə/
noun
1.
a strong wind or storm from the southeast
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