Definition of windward in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈwɪndwəd/

adjective& adverb

Facing the wind or on the side facing the wind: [as adjective]: the windward side of the boat Contrasted with leeward.
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  • Meanwhile, tactics aside, we still have to sail, and this consists of throwing our weight onto the windward side, cramming wetly against the rail, and moving across as smoothly and quickly as possible whenever Shirley calls a sudden tack.
  • I spot a ten kilometer ridge line south of the road near Wandella forty kilometers from the goal at Rankin Springs and head into the wind to get on the windward side of it hoping to catch a thermal climbing up on it.
  • Thirty-one years ago, when Cyclone Bebe inundated Funafuti, its waves tossed coral rubble onto the windward side of the atoll, creating a rampart that still stands as the highest point on the motu.


[mass noun]
The side or direction from which the wind is blowing: he had beaten to windward across St Austell Bay
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  • The Chinese, with ships as large as the Portuguese carracks and much more efficient to windward, traded in growing strength throughout South-east Asia, and settled in the area in far greater numbers than Europeans.
  • Although she can sail to windward, it is generally quicker to row into head winds, or through crowded anchorages.
  • Text messages needed to be sent and received before the next beat to windward, or in fact anything requiring two hands.


to windward of

dated In an advantageous position in relation to: I happen to have got to windward of the young woman
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  • But I'm not going to play the fool; honor bright, I'm not; yet - by Jove! - to get to windward of the professors and Mackenzie too!

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