west·​er·​ly | \ ˈwe-stər-lē How to pronounce westerly (audio) \

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 How to pronounce Westerly (audio) \

Definition of Westerly (Entry 3 of 3)

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

Examples of westerly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective or adverb Beginning early Wednesday morning, sustained westerly winds of 40 to 60 mph, with gusts as high was 80 mph, are expected along Turnagain Arm and on the Hillside above 2,000 feet. Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage Hillside and Turnagain Arm and could see 40 to 60 mph sustained winds early Wednesday," 22 Oct. 2019 The machair, James explained, is a unique biome created by the prevailing westerly winds and storms that race across the North Atlantic and find landfall in the Western Isles. Washington Post, "Exploring the rich grasslands, meadows and wildflowers of Scotland’s Western Isles," 18 Oct. 2019 The machair, James explained, is a unique biome created by the prevailing westerly winds and storms that race across the North Atlantic and find landfall in the Western Isles. Adrian Higgins, chicagotribune.com, "Exploring the wild beauty of Scotland’s Western Isles," 18 Oct. 2019 Inland regions are expected to see a rapid onset of westerly winds of 10 to 15 mph on Thursday with gusts up to 30 mph that could last through Friday, according to the National Weather Service. Los Angeles Times, "Southern California Edison considers power shut-offs ahead of high winds," 16 Oct. 2019 Gusty westerly winds are expected, with gusts up to 40 mph over high mountain passes and up to 25 mph across lower elevations near the Wyoming border. Saja Hindi, The Denver Post, "Denver weather: Mostly sunny and dry skies expected through Thursday," 24 Sep. 2019 Instead of westerly winds, warm air coming from Kazakhstan moved in on Moscow. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Your heatwave could be worse because of a drought somewhere else," 21 Aug. 2019 Light westerly winds between 5 to 7 mph are expected, the NWS said. Kirk Mitchell, The Denver Post, "Denver weather: Near perfect conditions for viewing harvest moon this Friday the 13th," 13 Sep. 2019 Friday is also expected to be breezy, with a westerly wind of 10 to 20 mph and gusts as high as 30 mph, according to the weather service forecast. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Severe thunderstorms, heavy rains lash state," 11 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As the land cools in the autumn, north-easterly winds replace the south-westerlies (see map). The Economist, "The South Asian monsoon, past, present and future," 27 June 2019 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

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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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/westerly. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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westerly

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English Language Learners Definition of westerly

: located or moving toward the west
: blowing from the west
west·​er·​ly | \ ˈwe-stər-lē How to pronounce westerly (audio) \

Kids Definition of westerly

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

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