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southerly

[suhth -er-lee] /ˈsʌð ər li/
adjective, adverb
1.
toward the south:
a southerly course.
2.
(especially of a wind) coming from the south:
a gentle southerly breeze.
noun, plural southerlies.
3.
a wind that blows from the south.
Origin
1545-1555
1545-55; south + -erly (see easterly)
Related forms
southerliness, noun
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  • Only three interstates run completely coast to coast: one northerly, one southerly and one down the middle.
  • The sky shimmered with stars, and a steady southerly breeze dispersed the mosquitoes.
  • The weather is a closed loop, completed far above the surface by southerly winds.
  • The electron shows a strong preference for taking off in a southerly direction.
  • southerly winds pushed that ice offshore more than likely.
British Dictionary definitions for southerly

southerly

/ˈsʌðəlɪ/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or situated in the south
adverb, adjective
2.
towards or in the direction of the south
3.
from the south: a southerly wind
noun (pl) -lies
4.
a wind from the south
Derived Forms
southerliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for southerly

1550s (adj.); 1570s (adv.); from southern + -ly. Related: Southerliness.

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