noun, plural west·er·lies.
- westergren method,
- westermarck, edward alexander,
- western alienation,
- western australia
Origin of westerly
Examples from the Web for westerly
Strong easterly winds drove the fire down the westerly slopes of the Carmel Range.
Another week of westerly gales, alternating with brief periods of calm, has elapsed, making a total of six weeks off the Horn.The Mutiny of the Elsinore|Jack London
We had a splendid but perfectly uneventful run from the Rock, a westerly wind and fine weather prevailing during the whole trip.Under the Meteor Flag|Harry Collingwood
We had had a pretty long passage, with westerly gales, which kept all hands employed.Will Weatherhelm|W.H.G. Kingston
It is washed by the Pacific, an evaporating surface, and westerly and south-west breezes are drawn in from that ocean over it.The Philosophy of the Weather|Thomas Belden Butler
It is generally preceded by unsettled weather, and westerly or southerly winds.Samoa, A Hundred Years Ago And Long Before|George Turner
noun plural -lies
late 15c., "in a westerly direction; facing toward the west," from Middle English wester (adj.) "western" (mid-14c.), from Old English westra, variant of westerne (see western) + -ly (2). Cf. Old Norse (adv.). Middle English also had a verb wester "to go west." Related: Westerlies (n.). Somewhat contradictory sense of "coming from the west" attested by 1570s.