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windward

[wind-werd] /ˈwɪnd wərd/
adverb
1.
toward the wind; toward the point from which the wind blows.
adjective
2.
pertaining to, situated in, or moving toward the quarter from which the wind blows (opposed to leeward).
noun
3.
the point or quarter from which the wind blows.
4.
the side toward the wind.
Idioms
5.
to windward, in a position of vantage:
We got to windward of the difficulty.
Also, to the windward.
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50; wind1 + -ward
Related forms
windwardness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for to windward

windward

/ˈwɪndwəd/
adjective
1.
of, in, or moving to the quarter from which the wind blows
2.
to windward of, advantageously situated with respect to
noun
3.
the windward point
4.
the side towards the wind
adverb
5.
towards the wind
Compare leeward
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Word Origin and History for to windward

windward

1540s, from wind (n.) + -ward.

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Idioms and Phrases with to windward

to windward

Toward an advantageous position, as in We were hoping to get to windward of the situation. This expression transfers the nautical meaning of the phrase, “move in the direction from which the wind blows,” to other kinds of undertaking. Its figurative use dates from the late 1700s.
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