[ ee-ster-lee ]
/ ˈi stər li /
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moving, directed, or situated toward the east: an easterly course.
(especially of a wind) coming from the east: an easterly gale.
toward the east.
from the east.
noun, plural east·er·lies.
a wind that blows from the east.
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OTHER WORDS FROM easterlyeast·er·li·ness, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for easterly
The “westerlies” meet “easterlies” from the polar highs at about 50-60° N. and S.Deserts|A. S. Walker
British Dictionary definitions for easterly
/ (ˈiːstəlɪ) /
of, relating to, or situated in the east
towards or in the direction of the east
from the eastan easterly wind
noun plural -lies
a wind from the east
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Scientific definitions for easterly
[ ē′stər-lē ]
A wind, especially a prevailing wind, that blows from the east. The trade winds in tropical regions and the prevailing winds in the polar regions are easterlies. See illustration at wind.
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