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leeward

[lee-werd; Nautical loo-erd] /ˈli wərd; Nautical ˈlu ərd/
adjective
1.
pertaining to, situated in, or moving toward the quarter toward which the wind blows (opposed to windward).
noun
2.
the lee side; the point or quarter toward which the wind blows.
adverb
3.
toward the lee.
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50; lee1 + -ward
Related forms
leewardly, adverb
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Examples for leeward
  • Everyone shifted suddenly to the leeward side of the ship.
  • We step back into skis on the leeward side of the hill where snow has migrated and settled for the spring.
  • Then he would cut what was needed from the leeward side so the tree would heal more readily than if it were exposed to the wind.
  • As the air continues on toward the opposite, leeward side of the mountain, less moisture is available for rain.
British Dictionary definitions for leeward

leeward

/ˈliːwəd; nautical ˈluːəd/
adjective
1.
of, in, or moving to the quarter towards which the wind blows
noun
2.
the point or quarter towards which the wind blows
3.
the side towards the lee
adverb
4.
towards the lee
Compare windward
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Word Origin and History for leeward
adj.

1660s, "situated away from the wind," on the opposite of the weather side of the ship; from lee + -ward.

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