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 In the normal sailing mode, the AC75 will skim above the waves on the leeward foil and rudder, with the windward foil raised out of the water to reduce drag. Bernie Wilson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Spray of champagne welcomes Britannia to America’s Cup waves," 4 Oct. 2019 Only thing is, Kailua Beach Park, on windward Oahu, is a quiet little place and Hawaii isn’t eager to publicize it, fearing a swarm of tourists as a result of its No. 1 ranking. Catharine Hamm, latimes.com, "Escapes: Think summer, think savings in five places in the West," 27 June 2019 Only thing is, Kailua Beach Park, on windward Oahu, is a quiet little place and Hawaii isn’t eager to publicize it, fearing a swarm of tourists as a result of its No. 1 ranking. Catharine Hamm, latimes.com, "Escapes: Think summer, think savings in five places in the West," 27 June 2019 Practices usually consist of numerous warm-ups, drills, windward and leeward races, and lessons that help sharpen skills and assist the students in becoming better sailors. Omar Abdel-baqui, Detroit Free Press, "Sailing is a teacher for Detroit students in yacht club program," 3 Aug. 2017 H: Windward at Santa Paula I: Woodcrest Christian at Rio Hondo Prep J: Staff Report, Orange County Register, "CIF-SS softball playoff pairings," 15 May 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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 The hurricane center said wind speeds on top and on windward sides of hills and mountains could be up to 30 percent stronger than those closer to sea level. Leigh Morgan, AL.com, "Hurricane Ophelia 2017 tracks closer to Ireland with 90 mph winds," 15 Oct. 2017

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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

noun
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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.

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