down·​wind | \ˈdau̇n-ˈwind \

Definition of downwind 

: in the direction that the wind is blowing

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Synonyms & Antonyms for downwind




upwind, windward

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Think about all those peach pies, key lime pies and pecan pies that point to locales downwind from the Mason-Dixon line. James Patrick Kelly, idahostatesman, "Boise Pie Co. shows its Southern roots, bakes up delicious desserts," 12 July 2018 Residents who live within reach of the ash cloud, which has traveled about 18 miles downwind, are being advised to stay indoors, CNN reports. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Huge Burst of Ash and ‘Vog’ from Kilauea Puts Hawaii on Red Alert," 16 May 2018 Marble-size rocks can fall for several miles, while falling ash is a concern 10 to 20 miles downwind. Lorena Iniguez Elebee,, "The science behind the volcanic activity on Hawaii's Big Island," 10 May 2018 Imagine there is a half-dome directly downwind in front of and above you. Cameron Johnson, Popular Mechanics, "How to Get Started in Kiteboarding," 24 June 2016

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First Known Use of downwind

1826, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of downwind was in 1826

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English Language Learners Definition of downwind

: in the direction that the wind is moving

down·​wind | \ˈdau̇n-ˈwind \

Kids Definition of downwind

: in the direction the wind is blowing sailing downwind the downwind side

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