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[adverb, adjective uhp-wind; noun uhp-wind] /adverb, adjective ˈʌpˈwɪnd; noun ˈʌpˌwɪnd/
toward or against the wind or the direction from which it is blowing:
The hunters stalked upwind.
moving or situated toward or in the direction from which the wind is blowing:
an upwind leap; the upwind portions of the aircraft.
a wind that blows against one's course or up a slope.
Origin of upwind
First recorded in 1830-40; up- + wind1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for upwind
Historical Examples
  • What had aroused him, at that distance and upwind, I do not know.

    The Land of Footprints Stewart Edward White
  • I was the upwind wheeler and had to hitch on to the side of the sledge to reduce the leeway as much as possible.

    The Home of the Blizzard Douglas Mawson
  • He sneaked toward them upwind in order that he might still smell them, and it also kept them from smelling him.

    Monarch, The Big Bear of Tallac

    Ernest Thompson Seton
  • upwind, not in order to prevent the Prairie-dog smelling her, but so that she could smell him, which came to the same thing.

    Johnny Bear E. T. Seton
  • In the beginning he rushes, upwind in instinctive reaction against the strange scent.

    The Land of Footprints Stewart Edward White
  • The Tower of London, upwind of the fire, was saved by blowing up surrounding buildings.

  • If the menace was upwind and within reasonable distance, his nose detected it.

    The Yellow Horde Hal G. Evarts
  • He generally tries to get away in the direction of the disturbance, or upwind, as the case may be.

    The Land of Footprints Stewart Edward White
British Dictionary definitions for upwind


into or against the wind
towards or on the side where the wind is blowing; windward
going against the wind: the upwind leg of the course
on the windward side: the upwind side of the house has weathered
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for upwind

1838, from up- + wind (n.1). Originally a nautical term.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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