west·​er·​ly | \ ˈwe-stər-lē \

Definition of westerly

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : situated toward or belonging to the west the westerly end of the farm
2 : coming from the west a westerly breeze

westerly

noun
plural westerlies

Definition of westerly (Entry 2 of 3)

: a wind from the west

Westerly

geographical name
Wes·​ter·​ly | \ ˈwe-stər-lē \

Definition of Westerly (Entry 3 of 3)

town in southwestern Rhode Island on the border with Connecticut population 17,936

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Normally, when hurricanes get above 30 degrees North in latitude, they get pulled poleward by the westerly pattern in the atmosphere between the tropics and poles. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "The Hurricane Florence forecast has gone from bad to worse," 12 Sep. 2018 Our trip to Langara this summer was marked by 25-mile-an-hour westerly winds, adding a rock-’n’-roll beat to the rhythm of our fishing boat. Melanie Kirkpatrick, WSJ, "Cold, Windy Bliss on a Salmon Fishing Trip," 9 Aug. 2018 Sun will follow a westerly route around the globe, starting with a trans-Atlantic crossing that includes stops in Iceland, Greenland and Canada. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY, "June route roundup: Where cruise lines are adding sailings," 8 June 2018 In the Southwest, that means a swing from our normal, relatively dry, westerly winds to more moisture-laden winds from the south. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "2018 Arizona monsoon prediction: Possibly wetter than normal?," 14 June 2018 Sun will follow a westerly route around the globe, starting with a trans-Atlantic crossing that includes stops in Iceland, Greenland and Canada. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY, "June route roundup: Where cruise lines are adding sailings," 8 June 2018 The Weather Channel adds that Alberto's thunderstorms are currently blowing off well to the east from upper-level westerly winds. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "Add the possibility of tornado and floods to your Memorial Day plans in South Florida | Miami Herald," 26 May 2018 With a westerly wind, even Boston will be warm to hot. Dave Epstein, BostonGlobe.com, "Your Memorial Day weekend forecast: warm Friday and Saturday, then cooler," 24 May 2018 Temperatures will be warmer, with highs in the 70s and 80s, even along the coastline as a westerly wind will prevent a sea breeze from developing. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "Clouds Will Clear Wednesday As Temperatures Should Reach 70s And 80s," 22 May 2018

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First Known Use of westerly

Adjective or adverb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1845, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for westerly

Adjective or adverb

obsolete wester western

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westerly

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of westerly

: located or moving toward the west
: blowing from the west
west·​er·​ly | \ ˈwe-stər-lē \

Kids Definition of westerly

1 : toward the west the lake's westerly shore
2 : from the west a westerly wind

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