What does windward mean?

Definitions for windward
ˈwɪnd wərdwind·ward

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. windwardnoun

    the direction from which the wind is coming

  2. windwardadjective

    the side of something that is toward the wind

  3. windwardadverb

    on the side exposed to the wind

    "the windward islands"

  4. windward, downwindadverb

    away from the wind

    "they were sailing windward"


  1. windwardnoun

    The direction from which the wind blows.

  2. windwardnoun

    The side receiving the wind's force.

  3. windwardadverb

    In a direction from which the wind blows, against the wind.

    We beat our way windward.

  4. windwardadjective

    Towards the wind, or the direction from which the wind is blowing.

  5. windwardadjective

    On the side exposed to the wind.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Windwardadverb

    Towards the wind.

    Etymology: from wind.


  1. windward

    Windward () and leeward () are terms used to describe the direction of the wind. Windward is upwind from the point of reference, i.e. towards the direction from which the wind is coming; leeward is downwind from the point of reference, i.e. along the direction towards which the wind is going. The side of a ship that is towards the leeward is its "lee side". If the vessel is heeling under the pressure of crosswind, the lee side will be the "lower side". During the Age of Sail, the term weather was used as a synonym for windward in some contexts, as in the weather gage. Because it captures rain, the windward side of a mountain tends to be wet compared to the leeward it blocks.


  1. windward

    Windward is a term used to describe the side or direction from which the wind is blowing. In meteorology and navigation, it is typically used to indicate the direction that is facing the wind. This term is applicable to many fields including aviation, sailing, and geography.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Windwardnoun

    the point or side from which the wind blows; as, to ply to the windward; -- opposed to leeward

  2. Windwardadjective

    situated toward the point from which the wind blows; as, the Windward Islands

  3. Windwardadverb

    toward the wind; in the direction from which the wind blows

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. windward

    The weather-side; that on which the wind blows; the opposite of leeward (which see). Old sailors exhort their neophytes to throw nothing over the weather-side except ashes or hot water: a hint not mistakable.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of windward in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of windward in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of windward in a Sentence

  1. Haley Brink:

    In August, the typical origin point for a tropical system to form is near the Leeward and Windward islands in the Caribbean, where Fred formed and where Grace is likely to form, by September, when peak hurricane season is, this origin area greatly expands to include much of the Caribbean, the Gulf of Mexico, and the western Atlantic as tropical waves track west off the coast of Africa.

  2. Dan Kottlowski:

    We are expecting very rough and dangerous surf along with damaging tropical-storm-force and hurricane-force winds over the northern Leeward Islands, and tropical-storm-force winds over the southern Leewards to perhaps the northern Windward Islands, mostly in gusts.

  3. The NHC:

    Regardless of development, locally heavy rainfall is possible over the Windward Islands and the northeastern coast of Venezuela Tuesday night and Wednesday.

  4. Scott Carvill:

    Waimanalo and windward Oahu have some of the best beaches in Hawaii sought by people all around the world.

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