adverb or adjective
down·​wind | \ ˈdau̇n-ˈwind How to pronounce downwind (audio) \

Definition of downwind

: in the direction that the wind is blowing

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Recent Examples on the Web Living alongside a busy airport, downwind of the runway. David Yanofsky, Quartz, 16 June 2022 Farther afield, in the aftermath of the 2019–2020 Australian Black Summer wildfires, a widespread bloom of marine algae was detected downwind of the continent in the Southern Ocean. Chris Mays, Scientific American, 23 June 2022 Those most affected— children living downwind, close to the airport—exhibited blood lead levels similar to those at Flint, enough to depress elementary students’ reading and math scores. Quartz, 16 June 2022 Weather satellites have shown enormous smoke plumes emanating from the blazes, which have caused air quality levels to tank downwind. Washington Post, 4 May 2022 Lethal radiation would have spread downwind to the northeast as far as Norfolk, Virginia, home of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 23 Mar. 2022 Still more, living downwind from blast zones, would be at risk of illness or death from radioactive fallout. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 29 Mar. 2022 Snow is expected in the higher mountains of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, as well as downwind of the Great Lakes. Washington Post, 24 Mar. 2022 The network is focused on the areas downwind from the facility where impacts would be the greatest, said Jim Mitchell with EPA. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, 18 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of downwind

1826, in the meaning defined above

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“Downwind.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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adverb or adjective
down·​wind | \ ˈdau̇n-ˈwind How to pronounce downwind (audio) \

Kids Definition of downwind

: in the direction the wind is blowing sailing downwind the downwind side

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