windward

noun
wind·​ward | \ ˈwin(d)-wərd How to pronounce windward (audio) \

Definition of windward

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the side or direction from which the wind is blowing
to windward
: into or in an advantageous position

windward

adjective

Definition of windward (Entry 2 of 2)

: being in or facing the direction from which the wind is blowing — compare leeward

Examples of windward in a Sentence

Adjective The windward side of the mountain was rocky and treeless.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Meteorologists said rainfall amounts will range from 2-4 inches early this week from Portland, Oregon, to Seattle, and locally higher amounts are possible on the windward sides of the mountains. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 1 Mar. 2022 On the windward side, however, facing the northeast, waves pummeled the sea wall that protected a small inner harbor. BostonGlobe.com, 29 Jan. 2022 The damage commonly occurs on the south or southwest side of the plant or on the windward side of a plant that is exposed. Tim Johnson, chicagotribune.com, 28 Nov. 2021 The heaviest will fall on the windward side of the Sierra Madre Occidental mountains, resulting in mudslides that could pose a serious hazard to remote rural communities. Washington Post, 13 Oct. 2021 Waimānalo, on the windward side of Oahu, is also known as one of the last remaining strongholds of native Hawaiian culture on the island. Whitney Robinson, Travel + Leisure, 22 Mar. 2021 However portions of a windward wall failed, preventing further observation of the gust. Joe Mario Pedersen, orlandosentinel.com, 15 Mar. 2021 On the windward or east coast of the island, beaches like Kailua, Makapu'u, and Lanikai offer white sand, shade trees, and waves for surfing, snorkeling, and bodyboarding. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 1 Mar. 2021 As the air was lifted up the windward side and passed over the summit of the Sierra Nevada, the moisture in it was wrung out in the form of precipitation. Los Angeles Times, 25 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Kahalu’u is on the island’s windward side, and Maxine, like many Chinese people who believe that wind disturbs one’s qi, or life-force equilibrium, found the constant gusts distressing. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, 1 June 2020 The rainforest on the windward side of Kilauea's summit gives way to the stark, windswept Kau Desert on the hot, dry southwestern slope. National Geographic, 15 July 2019 Heavy rainfall continues on the windward side of the island due to the slowing of Hurricane Lane. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, 24 Aug. 2018 Growing up in Hawaii and now seeing the east shore of ... the windward side of the islands, the whole high tide line is plastic now. Susie Schmank, Indianapolis Star, 12 June 2018 There’s only one little grass shack in Hawaii now — the Mormon showcase of Pacific villages on the windward side of the Island. Stanton Delaplane, San Francisco Chronicle, 9 May 2018 The damage commonly occurs on the south or southwest side of the plant or on the windward side of a plant that is exposed. Tim Johnson, chicagotribune.com, 20 Mar. 2018 Up the stairs is Ahi Assassins, run by Joshua Schade, a third-generation fisherman from Kahaluu on Oahu's windward side, and his longtime girlfriend, Erika Luna. Author: Ligaya Mishan, Anchorage Daily News, 10 Jan. 2018 Up the stairs is Ahi Assassins, run by Joshua Schade, a third-generation fisherman from Kahaluu on Oahu’s windward side, and his longtime girlfriend, Erika Luna. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, 8 Jan. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of windward

Noun

1549, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1627, in the meaning defined above

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“Windward.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/windward. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for windward

windward

adjective
wind·​ward | \ ˈwind-wərd How to pronounce windward (audio) \

Kids Definition of windward

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: moving or placed toward the direction from which the wind is blowing

windward

noun

Kids Definition of windward (Entry 2 of 2)

: the side or direction from which the wind is blowing Sail to the windward.

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