WORD ORIGIN | IDIOMS adverb toward the wind; toward the point from which the wind blows. adjective pertaining to, situated in, or moving toward the quarter from which the wind blows (opposed to leeward). noun the point or quarter from which the wind blows. the side toward the wind. Idioms to windward, in a position of vantage: We got to windward of the difficulty. Also to the windward. Origin of windward
First recorded in
1540–50; wind 1
-ward Related forms wind·ward·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for to windward adjective of, in, or moving to the quarter from which the wind blows to windward of advantageously situated with respect to noun the windward point the side towards the wind
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Idioms and Phrases with to windward
Toward an advantageous position, as in
We were hoping to get to windward of the situation. This expression transfers the nautical meaning of the phrase, “move in the direction from which the wind blows,” to other kinds of undertaking. Its figurative use dates from the late 1700s.
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