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Definition of easterly

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : situated toward or belonging to the east the easterly shore of the lake
2 : coming from the east an easterly storm

easterly

noun
plural easterlies

Definition of easterly (Entry 2 of 2)

: a wind from the east

Examples of easterly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective or adverb Forecasters said tornadoes, hail and winds blowing at 70 mph posed the greatest threat as a cold front moved across the region in an easterly direction. Fox News, "Tornadoes reported in Louisiana, damaging homes, church, at least 1 dead," 17 Dec. 2019 With only a hint of an easterly breeze, outdoor activities are comfortable. David Streit, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Mild and dry until late weekend rain showers," 26 Dec. 2019 Forecasters said tornadoes, hail and winds blowing at 70 mph (115 kph) posed the greatest threat as a cold front moved across the region in an easterly direction. Author: Jay Reeves And Janet Mconnaughey, Anchorage Daily News, "3 dead as suspected twisters, other storms batter the South," 17 Dec. 2019 Forecasters said tornadoes, hail and winds blowing at 70 mph posed the greatest threat as a cold front moved across the region in an easterly direction. Fox News, "Tornadoes reported in Louisiana, damaging homes, church, at least 1 dead," 17 Dec. 2019 Forecasters said tornadoes, hail and winds blowing at 70 mph posed the greatest threat as a cold front moved across the region in an easterly direction. CBS News, "Apparent tornado causes destruction in Louisiana, killing 1," 16 Dec. 2019 Forecasters said tornadoes, hail and winds blowing at 70 mph (115 kph) posed the greatest threat as a cold front moved across the region in an easterly direction. NBC News, "3 dead as suspected twisters, storms batter the South," 16 Dec. 2019 This year’s bushfire season may be exacerbated by strong easterly trade winds across the tropical Indian Ocean that have contributed to what’s known as a strong positive Indian Ocean Dipole, according to Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology. Emily Cadman, Bloomberg.com, "Australia Braces as Bushfire Warning Reaches ‘Catastrophic’," 10 Nov. 2019 The sky was clear and the forecast was 91 degrees, but a strong easterly wind whipped through the starkly beautiful landscape. Washington Post, "The last climb up Australia’s majestic Uluru," 25 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But their move from the southern hemisphere to the northern, and the constraining effect of high pressure over Africa, sees them twisted from south-easterlies to south-westerlies. The Economist, "The South Asian monsoon, past, present and future," 27 June 2019 Pulled toward the Americas by tropical easterlies, the fine particles from Africa often reach areas as far away as Texas and the Amazon River. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "London’s sky turns red Monday, but we can’t blame pollution," 16 Oct. 2017 An unusual easterly wind gusting up to 21 mph on Friday will drop temperatures to around 67 degrees. Kirk Mitchell, The Denver Post, "Southwest breezes bring unseasonably balmy temps to Denver," 15 Mar. 2017 Tropical Wave: A trough or cyclonic curvature maximum in the trade-wind easterlies. Carlie Kollath Wells, NOLA.com, "What's the difference between a tropical cyclone and a hurricane?," 19 June 2017 Tropical Wave: A trough or cyclonic curvature maximum in the trade-wind easterlies. Carlie Kollath Wells, NOLA.com, "What's the difference between a tropical cyclone and a hurricane?," 19 June 2017

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First Known Use of easterly

Adjective or adverb

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for easterly

Adjective or adverb

obsolete easter eastern

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15 Jan 2020

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“Easterly.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/easterly. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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easterly

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English Language Learners Definition of easterly

: located or moving toward the east
: blowing from the east
east·​er·​ly | \ ˈē-stər-lē How to pronounce easterly (audio) \

Kids Definition of easterly

1 : toward the east They sailed easterly. They sailed in an easterly direction.
2 : from the east an easterly wind

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