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windward

[wind-werd] /ˈwɪnd wərd/
adverb
1.
toward the wind; toward the point from which the wind blows.
adjective
2.
pertaining to, situated in, or moving toward the quarter from which the wind blows (opposed to leeward).
noun
3.
the point or quarter from which the wind blows.
4.
the side toward the wind.
Idioms
5.
to windward, in a position of vantage:
We got to windward of the difficulty.
Also, to the windward.
Origin of windward
1540-1550
First recorded in 1540-50; wind1 + -ward
Related forms
windwardness, noun
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  • Let us get to windward and see what they are doing on the other side of the bonfire.

  • She had been built to cross the bars of the American harbours, and would not travel to windward.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • We were able to lay past the enemy on this tack, and fairly got to windward of them.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • I proposed to pull in the direction of the land; which was pulling to windward.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • Not only this, but she will also drift to leeward when beating to windward.

    Boys' Book of Model Boats Raymond Francis Yates
  • There’s a felucca to windward of her, which I take to be the ‘Panchita!

    Captain Brand of the "Centipede"

    H. A. (Henry Augustus) Wise
  • And young Powell turned his eyes to windward with a catch in his breath.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • "Keep the top of the mountain a little to windward, and you 're all right," said Billy.

    The Fortunes Of Glencore Charles James Lever
  • "We've got to hitch to windward of that Mark Boat somehow," George cried.

    With The Night Mail Rudyard Kipling
British Dictionary definitions for windward

windward

/ˈwɪndwəd/
adjective
1.
of, in, or moving to the quarter from which the wind blows
2.
to windward of, advantageously situated with respect to
noun
3.
the windward point
4.
the side towards the wind
adverb
5.
towards the wind
Compare leeward
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Word Origin and History for windward

1540s, from wind (n.) + -ward.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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