windward

[wind-werd]
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:
1540–50; wind1 + -ward

windwardness, noun
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windward (ˈwɪndwəd)
 
adj
1.  of, in, or moving to the quarter from which the wind blows
2.  to windward of advantageously situated with respect to
 
n
3.  the windward point
4.  the side towards the wind
 
adv
5.  towards the wind

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Example sentences
Moist air rises, cools, condenses and rains on the windward side of the mountain.
Units facing the windward side will be over-ventilated when the building experiences wind directions between west and north.
Enough material is coated on the windward surface to make sure it lasts through the whole process.
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