- 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.
- a wind that blows from the east.
Origin of easterly
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Examples from the Web for easterly
Each pilot made an easterly course toward Fallujah, heading back to the LZ beyond Camp Schwedler.The Night the SEALS Captured the Butcher of Fallujah
November 11, 2013
Afternoon weather for central London is predicted to be 12C, light rain, easterly breeze with the evening, largely overcast.Jubilee Celebrations Continue in London
June 4, 2012
So they rose into the air and disappeared in an easterly direction.The Chinese Fairy Book
It can be cold in our village, even in early September, when there is an easterly storm.Cy Whittaker's Place
Joseph C. Lincoln
We'll have rain and an easterly blow by night, see if we don't.The Woman-Haters
Joseph C. Lincoln
No barometer will give warning of an easterly gale, were it ever so wet.The Mirror of the Sea
Anselmo determined to leave France in an easterly direction.The Son of Monte-Cristo, Volume II (of 2)
Alexandre Dumas pre
- of, relating to, or situated in the east
- towards or in the direction of the east
- from the eastan easterly wind
- a wind from the east
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Word Origin and History for easterly
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- 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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