leeward

[lee-werd; Nautical loo-erd]
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:
1540–50; lee1 + -ward

leewardly, adverb
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leeward (ˈliːwəd, nautical ˈluːəd)
 
adj
1.  of, in, or moving to the quarter towards which the wind blows
 
n
2.  the point or quarter towards which the wind blows
3.  the side towards the lee
 
adv
4.  towards the lee

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