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 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, "What are foehn winds? Fires in the Eastern Sierra were fueled by Santa Ana-like gusting," 25 Nov. 2020 On the windward side, where the levee suffered its greatest damage, the Corps over the summer built five offshore breakwaters. Tristan Baurick, NOLA.com, "'There's nothing protecting us' after Hurricane Zeta blasts through Grand Isle's levee," 2 Nov. 2020 Some of Hawaii's most popular musical artists have appeared before an unlikely audience — a small elementary school on Oahu's windward coast. Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Star Tribune, "Star power helps uplift, connect Hawaii elementary school," 12 Oct. 2020 This week, Aikahi Elementary on Oahu’s windward side is welcoming small groups of students for a few hours each day for orientation, training on distance learning systems and connecting with teachers and friends, said Principal Keoki Fraser. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Back to school, bowling, Sharon Stone: News from around our 50 states," 19 Aug. 2020 Wind flow and temperature around the huddle prompt a first penguin — typically the coldest on the windward side — to relocate. Quanta Magazine, "Math of the Penguins," 17 Aug. 2020 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, "Maxine Hong Kingston’s Genre-Defying Life and Work," 1 June 2020 Only the sound of the surf crashing against the windward reef. New York Times, "‘Sea Wife,’ by Amity Gaige: An Excerpt," 6 May 2020 At every step of the way for about 10 years, members of the community opposed the wind turbines, said state Senator Gil Riviere, who represents Oahu’s north and windward shores. BostonGlobe.com, "KAHUKU, Hawaii — Flapping Hawaiian flags adorn a large canopy on the easement of a highway that winds along Oahu’s famed North Shore.," 17 Nov. 2019 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, "Maxine Hong Kingston’s Genre-Defying Life and Work," 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, "Everything to know about Hawaii Volcanoes National Park," 15 July 2019 Heavy rainfall continues on the windward side of the island due to the slowing of Hurricane Lane. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Hurricane Lane lashing Hawaii's Big Island with heavy rain, landslides reported as state braces for the worst," 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, "Jack Johnson returns to Indianapolis with a sustainable tour," 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, "In a little grass shack, Stanton Delaplane, 1975," 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, "Why are my evergreens turning brown?," 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, "Heading home to Hawaii in search of poke," 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, "Home to Hawaii in Search of Poke," 8 Jan. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'windward.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of windward

Noun

1549, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1627, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about windward

Time Traveler for windward

Time Traveler

The first known use of windward was in 1549

See more words from the same year

Statistics for windward

Last Updated

7 Dec 2020

Cite this Entry

“Windward.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/windward. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for windward

windward

noun
How to pronounce windward (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of windward

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the side or direction that the wind is blowing from

windward

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of windward (Entry 2 of 2)

: located on the side that is facing the direction that the wind is blowing from

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.

More from Merriam-Webster on windward

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for windward

Nglish: Translation of windward for Spanish Speakers

Comments on windward

What made you want to look up windward? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Words of Snow and Ice Quiz

  • image1037863653
  • Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Typeshift

Anagram puzzles meet word search.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!