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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
1540-50; wind1 + -ward
Related forms
windwardness, noun
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  • It was no easy thing to hold the yacht on its course, even with no sail to drive it up to windward.

    The Rival Campers Ruel Perley Smith
  • The Island of Desiderade, near Guadeloupe, was in sight to windward.

    The Grateful Indian W.H.G. Kingston
  • He had recently returned from St. Aignan, an island 100 miles to windward, where he had been digging for gold.

  • The California was to windward of us, and had every advantage; yet, while the breeze was stiff we held our own.

  • Since our ships could not get to windward, they passed it very closely, each ship raking it.

  • Abreast of this spot the cutter's jib-sheet was hauled to windward.

    The Trader's Wife Louis Becke
  • It is a rough life, Aunty, but a wholesome one if a fellow loves it as I do, and has an anchor to windward as I have.

    Jo's Boys Louisa May Alcott
  • It is just to windward, and sounds travel a long distance in a dark night.

    The Three Midshipmen W.H.G. Kingston
  • "Keep the top of the mountain a little to windward, and you 're all right," said Billy.

    The Fortunes Of Glencore Charles James Lever
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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