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  1. toward the wind; toward the point from which the wind blows.
  1. pertaining to, situated in, or moving toward the quarter from which the wind blows (opposed to leeward).
  1. the point or quarter from which the wind blows.
  2. the side toward the wind.
  1. to windward, in a position of vantage: We got to windward of the difficulty.Also to the windward.

Origin of windward

First recorded in 1540–50; wind1 + -ward
Related formswind·ward·ness, 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

British Dictionary definitions for windward


  1. of, in, or moving to the quarter from which the wind blows
  2. to windward of advantageously situated with respect to
  1. the windward point
  2. the side towards the wind
  1. towards the wind
Compare leeward
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for windward

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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