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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 of windward
1540-1550
1540-50; wind1 + -ward
Related forms
windwardness, noun
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  • It was no easy thing to hold the yacht on its course, even with no sail to drive it up to windward.

    The Rival Campers Ruel Perley Smith
  • She had been built to cross the bars of the American harbours, and would not travel to windward.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • He had recently returned from St. Aignan, an island 100 miles to windward, where he had been digging for gold.

  • We were able to lay past the enemy on this tack, and fairly got to windward of them.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • Since our ships could not get to windward, they passed it very closely, each ship raking it.

  • I proposed to pull in the direction of the land; which was pulling to windward.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • It is a rough life, Aunty, but a wholesome one if a fellow loves it as I do, and has an anchor to windward as I have.

    Jo's Boys Louisa May Alcott
  • Not only this, but she will also drift to leeward when beating to windward.

    Boys' Book of Model Boats Raymond Francis Yates
  • "Keep the top of the mountain a little to windward, and you 're all right," said Billy.

    The Fortunes Of Glencore Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for 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 windward

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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