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Westerly

[wes-ter-lee] /ˈwɛs tər li/
noun
1.
a town in SW Rhode Island.
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British Dictionary definitions for westerlys

westerly

/ˈwɛstəlɪ/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or situated in the west
adverb, adjective
2.
towards or in the direction of the west
3.
(esp of the wind) from the west
noun (pl) -lies
4.
a wind blowing from the west
Derived Forms
westerliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for westerlys

westerly

adv.

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.

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westerlys in Science
westerly
  (wěs'tər-lē)   
A wind, especially a prevailing wind, that blows from the west. The prevailing winds in the middle latitudes are westerlies. See illustration at wind.
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westerlys in Culture

westerly definition


See prevailing westerlies.

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