southerly

[suhth-er-lee]
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:
1545–55; south + -erly (see easterly)

southerliness, noun
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southerly (ˈsʌðəlɪ)
 
adj
1.  of, relating to, or situated in the south
 
adv, —adj
2.  towards or in the direction of the south
3.  from the south: a southerly wind
 
n , -lies
4.  a wind from the south
 
'southerliness
 
n

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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.
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