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

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