upwind

adverb or adjective

up·​wind ˈəp-ˈwind How to pronounce upwind (audio)
: in the direction from which the wind is blowing

Example Sentences

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, 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, 15 June 2018 One of the coolest things is sailing upwind, even just around the bay. Popular Mechanics, 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, 23 Mar. 2018 Also, due to an editing error, the headline misstated Santa Barbara was upwind from the fires. Will Oremus, Slate Magazine, 7 Dec. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1838, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of upwind was in 1838

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Cite this Entry

“Upwind.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/upwind. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

upwind

adverb or adjective

up·​wind ˈəp-ˈwind How to pronounce upwind (audio)
: in the direction from which the wind is blowing

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