Definition of southerly in English:


Line breaks: south|er¦ly
Pronunciation: /ˈsʌðəli

adjective & adverb

  • 1In a southward position or direction: the most southerly of the Greek islands [as adverb]: they made off southerly
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    • We continue through the brush, ducking under low tree limbs and heading more or less in a southerly direction where the canyon should be.
    • However he was called in the afternoon by his friends who said she had set off in a southerly direction.
    • As we flew in a southerly direction down the airway from Phoenix, passing Marana, the twilight was fading in the western sky across the desert.
  • 1.1(Of a wind) blowing from the south: [as adjective]: a southerly gale [as adverb]: the wind had backed southerly
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    • Half an hour later, fed and watered, we left via the very quiet Mill Lane, the asphalt was sticky, a strong southerly wind blew into our faces and a large flock of rooks gyrated above the ash trees.
    • The strongest wind gust was measured last Sunday with a southerly wind blowing at 35 knots.
    • A southerly wind blew up which had me turning circles in an attempt to compensate for abrupt changes of direction.


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  • A wind blowing from the south: the salt spray in the southerlies would rattle like hail on the windowpanes
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    • Perhaps even more outstanding - because of the timing - were the snowfalls of 19 November 1992: virtually on the eve of summer, strong southerlies brought snow to many southern wheatbelt areas.
    • However, with global warming the high pressure systems are stronger and southerlies find it harder and harder to penetrate over the South Island.
    • The conditions were as perfect as only Mother Nature can make them: moderate, steady southerlies reaching about 15-knots by mid-afternoon, warm water and a most pleasant - if a little hot - ambient temperature.

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