Definition of easterly in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈiːstəli/

adjective& adverb

1In an eastward position or direction: [as adjective]: he ordered an easterly course
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  • This is the most easterly of the 26,000 ft-plus Himalayan range, and until 1852 was assumed to be the highest mountain in the world.
  • The game was being played on the most easterly of the Albrecht pitches and the multi-talented McAdam revelled in the occasion.
  • The reader should be aware that the Mekong flows generally in an easterly direction across Viet Nam from Cambodia and ultimately empties into the South China Sea.
1.1(Of a wind) blowing from the east: [as adjective]: the light easterly breeze
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  • It is believed that they have picked up metals blown off the bombing range by the strong easterly winds that regularly blow across the island.
  • With a very strong easterly wind continuing to blow across the province fishing operations were very much restricted.
  • Easterly winds bring us this extreme cold and, unlike a northerly wind, the easterly wind only has a short distance to travel over the warming sea.

noun (plural easterlies)

A wind blowing from the east: the water was grey with the usual garbage the easterlies always brought in
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  • The jet streams, the trade winds, westerlies, polar easterlies and other global and local winds all help to give the planet distinct zones, from polar or temperate to Mediterranean or tropical.
  • The weather had been superb, with persistent easterlies and a lot of sunshine.
  • A birdwatcher said he'd seen two yellow-browed warblers, and that they only come this time of the year on the easterlies from Siberia, rare visitors, they look like goldcrests.

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