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Westerly

[wes-ter-lee]
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noun
  1. a town in SW Rhode Island.
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British Dictionary definitions for westerlys

westerly

adjective
  1. of, relating to, or situated in the west
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adverb, adjective
  1. towards or in the direction of the west
  2. (esp of the wind) from the west
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noun plural -lies
  1. a wind blowing from the west
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Derived Formswesterliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for westerlys

westerly

adv.

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.

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westerlys in Science

westerly

[wĕstər-lē]
  1. A wind, especially a prevailing wind, that blows from the west. The prevailing winds in the middle latitudes are westerlies. See illustration at wind.
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westerlys in Culture

westerly

See prevailing westerlies.

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