leeward

[ lee-werd; Nautical loo-erd ]
/ ˈli wərd; Nautical ˈlu ərd /

adjective

pertaining to, situated in, or moving toward the quarter toward which the wind blows (opposed to windward).

noun

the lee side; the point or quarter toward which the wind blows.

adverb

toward the lee.

Nearby words

  1. leesburg,
  2. leet,
  3. leetspeak,
  4. leeuwarden,
  5. leeuwenhoek,
  6. leeward islands,
  7. leewardly,
  8. leeway,
  9. lefkoşa,
  10. lefort i fracture

Origin of leeward

First recorded in 1540–50; lee1 + -ward

Related formslee·ward·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for leeward

leeward

/ (ˈliːwəd, nautical ˈluːəd) mainly nautical /

adjective

of, in, or moving to the quarter towards which the wind blows

noun

the point or quarter towards which the wind blows
the side towards the lee

adverb

towards the lee
Compare windward

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Word Origin and History for leeward

leeward

adj.

1660s, "situated away from the wind," on the opposite of the weather side of the ship; from lee + -ward.

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