Definition of leeward in English:


Pronunciation: /ˈluːəd//ˈliːwəd/

adverb & adjective

  • On or towards the side sheltered from the wind; downwind.

    [as adjective] ‘the leeward side of the house’
    Contrasted with windward
    [as adverb] ‘we pitched our tents leeward of a hill’


  • [mass noun] The side sheltered or away from the wind.

    ‘the ship was drifting to leeward’
    • ‘The Turtle Dove was coming north when she was driven even further to leeward.’
    • ‘The mast is quite flexible, and, with this much sail and no standing riggings, the top is prone to twist to leeward considerably when the wind picks up.’
    • ‘The problem with sailing in strong winds with light crews, is that we're both so high up above the boom, we can't see much to leeward, as the sails block our view.’
    • ‘The T-shaped cockpit provides plenty of leg space and seats are not so far apart that you can't brace to leeward if necessary.’
    • ‘Start with helms staggered on the beach by skill factor (as decided by the fleet captain) from windward to leeward.’