westerly

westerly

[wes-ter-lee]
adjective
1.
moving, directed, or situated toward the west: the westerly end of the field.
2.
(especially of a wind) coming from the west: a westerly gale.
adverb
3.
toward the west: to escape westerly.
4.
from the west: a sharp wind blowing westerly.
noun, plural westerlies.
5.
a wind that blows from the west: an occasional westerly that pommeled the island.
6.
westerlies, (used with a plural verb) any semipermanent belt of westerly winds, especially those that prevail at latitudes lying between the tropical and polar regions of the earth.

Origin:
1570–80; west + -erly, as in easterly

westerliness, noun
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Westerly

[wes-ter-lee]
noun
a town in SW Rhode Island.
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westerly (ˈwɛstəlɪ)
 
adj
1.  of, relating to, or situated in the west
 
adv, —adj
2.  towards or in the direction of the west
3.  (esp of the wind) from the west
 
n , -lies
4.  a wind blowing from the west
 
'westerliness
 
n

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westerly   (wěs'tər-lē)  Pronunciation Key 
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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westerly definition


See prevailing westerlies.

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westerly

town (township), Washington county, southwestern Rhode Island, U.S. It lies along the Pawcatuck River across from Pawcatuck, Connecticut. The state's westernmost town-hence the name-it includes the villages of Westerly, Bradford, White Rock, and Potter Hill and the resorts of Weekapaug, Misquamicut, and Watch Hill. In 1648 the first permanent European settlers arrived; newcomers from a land company in Newport came in 1661, and the town was incorporated in 1669. Westerly was a shipbuilding centre from its early days until the 19th century. Before the War of 1812, Oliver Hazard Perry, the American naval hero, built gunboats there for the government. The present economy depends on tourism, the manufacture of textiles, and granite quarrying. A U.S. Coast Guard lighthouse is at Watch Hill. Woody Hill Management Area (for sustained forest growth) is in eastern Westerly. Area 30 square miles (78 square km). Pop. (1990) 21,605; (2000) 22,966.

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