[ ee-ster-lee ]
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  1. moving, directed, or situated toward the east: an easterly course.

  2. (especially of a wind) coming from the east: an easterly gale.

  1. toward the east.

  2. from the east.

noun,plural east·er·lies.
  1. a wind that blows from the east.

Origin of easterly

1540–50; obsolete easter eastern (see easterling) + -ly

Other words from easterly

  • east·er·li·ness, noun

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How to use easterly in a sentence

  • 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) /

  1. of, relating to, or situated in the east

adverb, adjective
  1. towards or in the direction of the east

  2. from the east: an easterly wind

nounplural -lies
  1. a wind from the east

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Scientific definitions for easterly


[ ēstər-lē ]

  1. 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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