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easterly

[ee-ster-lee]
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adjective
  1. moving, directed, or situated toward the east: an easterly course.
  2. (especially of a wind) coming from the east: an easterly gale.
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adverb
  1. toward the east.
  2. from the east.
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noun, plural east·er·lies.
  1. a wind that blows from the east.
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Origin of easterly

1540–50; obsolete easter eastern (see easterling) + -ly
Related formseast·er·li·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for easterly

easterly

adjective
  1. of, relating to, or situated in the east
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adverb, adjective
  1. towards or in the direction of the east
  2. from the eastan easterly wind
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noun plural -lies
  1. a wind from the east
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Word Origin and History for easterly

adv.

1540s, from easter (late 14c.), variant of eastern + -ly (2). As a noun meaning "easterly wind," by 1901. Old English easterlic meant "pertaining to Easter."

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easterly in Science

easterly

stər-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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