- moving, directed, or situated toward the west: the westerly end of the field.
- (especially of a wind) coming from the west: a westerly gale.
- toward the west: to escape westerly.
- from the west: a sharp wind blowing westerly.
- a wind that blows from the west: an occasional westerly that pommeled the island.
- westerlies, (used with a plural verb) any semipermanent belt of westerly winds, especially those that prevail at latitudes lying between the tropical and polar regions of the earth.
Origin of westerly
- a town in SW Rhode Island.
Examples from the Web for westerly
Strong easterly winds drove the fire down the westerly slopes of the Carmel Range.Israel's Inferno
December 5, 2010
It was followed by a calm, and afterwards by westerly winds.The Last Voyage
Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
The 'possum is found from Connecticut to Florida and westerly to California.Boy Scouts Handbook
Boy Scouts of America
It ought to hang on westerly and dry for another four or five days.Sonnie-Boy's People
James B. Connolly
They therefore pressed on westerly, hoping soon to reach the Mississippi.
When snow began to fall with a westerly wind, that was sign number one.Labrador Days
Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
- of, relating to, or situated in the west
- towards or in the direction of the west
- (esp of the wind) from the west
- a wind blowing from the west
Word Origin and History for westerly
late 15c., "in a westerly direction; facing toward the west," from Middle English wester (adj.) "western" (mid-14c.), from Old English westra, variant of westerne (see western) + -ly (2). Cf. Old Norse (adv.). Middle English also had a verb wester "to go west." Related: Westerlies (n.). Somewhat contradictory sense of "coming from the west" attested by 1570s.
- A wind, especially a prevailing wind, that blows from the west. The prevailing winds in the middle latitudes are westerlies. See illustration at wind.