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[doun-wind] /ˈdaʊnˈwɪnd/
in the direction toward which the wind is blowing:
We coasted downwind.
on or toward the lee side:
The lion was running downwind of us and caught our scent.
moving downwind:
a downwind current.
situated on or toward the lee side:
The downwind halyard blew outboard.
Compare upwind.
Origin of downwind
1850-55; down1 + wind1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Well, just remember this then, never make a downwind landing with a seaplane in a wind blowing over eighteen miles an hour.

  • Saltation is downwind movement of particles in a series of jumps or skips.

    Deserts A. S. Walker
  • And when a buffalo ran, he ran into the wind, not downwind, like the deer.

  • They fastened the dogs in a clump of dwarfed spruce and built a small fire on the downwind side of the trees.

    The Yellow Horde Hal G. Evarts
  • Note that this was downwind for him, and that rhinoceroses usually escape upwind.

    The Land of Footprints Stewart Edward White
  • But they were downwind from it and it went elsewhere in search of prey.

    A World Called Crimson Darius John Granger
  • The downwind portion of the dune, the lee slope, is commonly a 35 steep avalanche slope referred to as a slipface.

    Deserts A. S. Walker
British Dictionary definitions for downwind


adverb, adjective
in the same direction towards which the wind is blowing; with the wind from behind
towards or on the side away from the wind; leeward
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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