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down·​wind | \ ˈdau̇n-ˈwind How to pronounce downwind (audio) \

Definition of downwind

: in the direction that the wind is blowing

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Recent Examples on the Web Snowfall totals for the storm system will be in the order of 2-6 inches along its path from the upper Midwest to the Ohio Valley, with isolated totals up to 8 inches downwind of the Great Lakes and in the higher elevations of the Appalachians. NBC News, "White Christmas? Maybe. Winter storm will also bring wet and windy weather across the U.S.," 22 Dec. 2020 The quickest, cheapest, and easiest way to do that is to burn the fields—thus polluting the air far downwind, including in the capital city. Nilanjana Bhowmick, National Geographic, "In New Delhi, burning season makes the air even more dangerous. Can anything be done?," 13 Nov. 2020 A couple of inches of snow will be possible in the upper Midwest and downwind of some of the Great Lakes. Star Tribune, "Sunny Saturday - Rain/Snow Mix Possible Sunday Morning," 20 Nov. 2020 For success, head downwind of a switchgrass field, CRP field, conifers, or a ridge. Outdoor Life, "Busting 4 Whitetail Weather Myths," 20 Oct. 2020 In most Phoenician settlements the dye manufacturing facilities could be found on the outskirts of a town or city, well downwind from residential areas. Mark Woolmer, National Geographic, "Purple Reign: A passion for purple built the Phoenicians' vast trading empire," 24 Sep. 2020 Figure out where the feeding and the swinging trails cross, and hang your stand downwind of that intersection. Scott Bestul, Field & Stream, "The Complete Guide to Hunting Deer from a Treestand," 11 Sep. 2020 McAdams is trying to block funding in Congress to resume such testing at the Nevada Test Site, which led to cancer in victims downwind in Utah — for which Congress in 1990 apologized and allowed compensation in some areas. Lee Davidson, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Any reason for Trump to resume nuclear tests upwind from Utah? Just political ones, expert says," 10 Sep. 2020 A few feet downwind of the animal, use your boot to scrape a fire site 2 feet in diameter free of leaves and sticks. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, "Wild Fires," 9 Jan. 2017

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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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“Downwind.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of downwind

: in the direction that the wind is moving


adverb or adjective
down·​wind | \ ˈdau̇n-ˈwind How to pronounce downwind (audio) \

Kids Definition of downwind

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

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