adverb or adjective
up·​wind | \ ˈəp-ˈwind How to pronounce upwind (audio) \

Definition of upwind

: in the direction from which the wind is blowing

Examples of upwind in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After comparing data from flights upwind and downwind of the cities, scientists found levels of methane were twice as high as a methane emissions estimate by the Environmental Protection Agency. Scott Dance, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore’s natural gas system is increasingly leaky, raising concerns about safety and global warming," 18 Sep. 2019 The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has issued a permit to a Lone Jack feedlot that could bring thousands of beef cattle to a location bordering $350,000 homes and just three miles upwind from Powell Gardens. Rick Montgomery, kansascity, "Missouri approves permit to expand cattle feedlot by Powell Gardens; appeal expected," 15 June 2018 One of the coolest things is sailing upwind, even just around the bay. Popular Mechanics, "The Beginner's Guide To Sailing," 18 May 2018 Once the gas line was breached during the drill, the operator hopped off the excavator and ran upwind – as Carney pointed out, the only safe direction to go – to call 911. Amy Lavalley, Post-Tribune, "Gas line safety reminder digs in for spring projects," 23 Mar. 2018 Also, due to an editing error, the headline misstated Santa Barbara was upwind from the fires. Will Oremus, Slate Magazine, "Downwind From the Fires," 7 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of upwind

1838, in the meaning defined above

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“Upwind.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/upwind. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of upwind

: in the direction that is opposite to the direction of the wind


adverb or adjective
up·​wind | \ ˈəp-ˈwind How to pronounce upwind (audio) \

Kids Definition of upwind

: in the direction from which the wind is blowing

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