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.
- east·er·li·ness, noun
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How to use easterly in a sentence
North-northwest breezes remain light until late-day easterly breezes kick up a bit, gusting a couple times near 20 mph.D.C.-area forecast: One more day with comfortable air before summer surges back | A. Camden Walker | July 23, 2021 | Washington Post
In September, roaring easterly winds combined with very dry vegetation to drive massive wildfires in Oregon’s forests, some of which had been ignited by lightning a few weeks prior.Seattle, Portland and Spokane brace for ‘unprecedented’ heat wave | Jason Samenow, Diana Leonard | June 25, 2021 | Washington Post
Light easterly breezes may gust around 15 mph a couple times.D.C.-area forecast: Clouds increase today, with rain odds up starting tonight | A. Camden Walker | February 26, 2021 | Washington Post
Denver’s NBC affiliate reported that avalanches can easily be triggered on northerly and easterly slopes, even from far away or below.Bodies of three skiers killed in Colorado avalanche are found | Cindy Boren | February 5, 2021 | Washington Post
The hope was that the easterlies tumbling seaward from the dry lungs of California’s San Bernardino Valley would slingshot her past Catalina Island and to 125 degrees west longitude, where the currents would shift in her favor.
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 | Patrick Robinson | November 11, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
These divinations told them that Lennon should make a long journey in a south-easterly direction.
Afternoon weather for central London is predicted to be 12C, light rain, easterly breeze with the evening, largely overcast.
Strong easterly winds drove the fire down the westerly slopes of the Carmel Range.
From the easterly end of the flat the augmented river squeezed in a roaring rapids through a sort of bottle neck.Scattergood Baines | Clarence Budington Kelland
In the month of December strong south-easterly gales are not uncommon; and in February and March they are very frequent.
Consequently the journeying water by its momentum tends to move off in an easterly course.Outlines of the Earth's History | Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
Thick fog banks came sweeping past at intervals; a cold north-easterly gale conveyed a wintry feeling to the air.The Floating Light of the Goodwin Sands | R.M. Ballantyne
Shortly before ten, two tar-barrels were observed burning in a north-easterly direction.The Floating Light of the Goodwin Sands | R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for easterly
of, relating to, or situated in the east
towards or in the direction of the east
from the east: an easterly wind
a wind from the east
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Scientific definitions for easterly
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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