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[lee-werd; Nautical loo-erd] /ˈli wərd; Nautical ˈlu ərd/
pertaining to, situated in, or moving toward the quarter toward which the wind blows (opposed to windward).
the lee side; the point or quarter toward which the wind blows.
toward the lee.
Origin of leeward
1540-50; lee1 + -ward
Related forms
leewardly, adverb Unabridged
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  • As she came up to the wind, the fore-topmast went over to leeward, being carried away at the cap.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • With the sea over one bow you must paddle on the leeward side.

    The Forest Stewart Edward White
  • On the leeward side the negative pressure is uniform except near the edges, and its value depends on the form of the plate.

  • Not only this, but she will also drift to leeward when beating to windward.

    Boys' Book of Model Boats Raymond Francis Yates
  • It was the beginning of the end—another roll to the leeward like the last and the Pacific would come aboard.

  • It took some hours to be out of it to the leeward of the island.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • However, there he was dead enough, and in the mean time the ship had worked down to leeward of us, and was close at hand.

  • Put out an oar to leeward there, and keep her up to the wind.

    The Fortunes Of Glencore Charles James Lever
  • There was not a breath of wind, even to leeward, for the bise had blown itself out of breath.

    A Residence in France J. Fenimore Cooper
British Dictionary definitions for leeward


/ˈliːwəd; nautical ˈluːəd/
of, in, or moving to the quarter towards which the wind blows
the point or quarter towards which the wind blows
the side towards the lee
towards the lee
Compare windward
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Word Origin and History for leeward

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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