Definition of south-easterly in English:


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adjective & adverb

  • another term for south-east. [as adjective]: south-easterly winds [as adverb]: the route turns south-easterly
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    • There was a fresh east, south-easterly wind which took me towards land.
    • The fire began at about 3pm on Thursday and gradually spread in south-easterly winds.
    • The persistent heavy rain and south-easterly winds made thing very unpleasant for everyone, especially the first part of the day.


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  • another term for southeaster. the wind has increased to a gentle south-easterly
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    • These airstreams then turn northwards to the north of the Equator and meet the southern hemisphere south-easterlies in a trough zone south of the Equator.
    • Throughout that Cape summer, as the prevailing south-easterlies blew long and warm from the Indian Ocean, they enjoyed a sybaritic life.
    • Roaring south-easterlies of 35 knots and mountainous swells of about six metres during the 24 hours since Wednesday were hammering the yachts.

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