Definition of leeward in English:


Pronunciation /ˈluːəd//ˈliːwəd/

adjective & adverb

  • 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’
    • ‘If the wind is forced over them on the leeward side of the mountain the air sinks, creating an area of high pressure and clear skies.’
    • ‘Fortunately the wind increased further to some 6 knots and carried the fleet comfortably around Koh Larn, down to the leeward mark near the Royal Cliff Beach Hotel and back to the finish line at the flagpole of the Club.’
    • ‘Thus, shady leeward slopes often have weak layers beneath cakes of windblown snow - a perfect recipe for a slab avalanche.’
    • ‘On the leeward side, the best beaches can be found in the southern half of the island.’
    • ‘The leeward water was green and relatively weed-free; however, when walking the rocks, I like the option of casting into the open Gulf water.’
    • ‘He does not pause, but goes straight to work on the leeward side of the shed with his hand axe.’
    • ‘On the leeward side is the Caribbean; on the windward side, the Atlantic.’
    • ‘Looking for shelter, he finds himself a place to sit in the leeward side of a snowdrift.’
    • ‘Presently we reached the leeward side and came in sight of the ocean.’
    • ‘Windward slopes have gentle rises while leeward slopes can have drastic drop offs.’
    • ‘She had entered the warehouse from the leeward side and found the stairs without difficulty.’
    • ‘Gas up and take the long way back, along Haleakala's leeward slope.’
    • ‘While some of the racing fleet were under spinnaker heading west, ‘Loose Cannon’ had already rounded the leeward mark and was heading back east.’
    • ‘I'm standing with Pete Melvin in the leeward cockpit when there is an almighty bang.’
    • ‘Sand grains are blown up the windward side of the heap and over the crest until the leeward side of the dune is so steep that it slumps under its own weight.’
    • ‘Communities on the coral atolls are usually concentrated along the leeward shoreline of lagoons.’
    • ‘He flails for a while, and then clambers up the leeward side of the hull.’
    • ‘The clarity along the leeward stretches usually is good, with two - to three-foot sub-surface visibility.’
    • ‘On the leeward side are about 60 dive sites, each marked with a yellow-painted stone bearing the name of the site.’
    • ‘The other way to take in the amazing variety of underwater sites that line the leeward side of Bonaire is by shore diving.’


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

    ‘the ship was drifting to leeward’
    • ‘Start with helms staggered on the beach by skill factor (as decided by the fleet captain) from windward 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.’