Main definitions of westerly in US English:

: westerly1Westerly2


adverb & adjective

  • 1In a westward position or direction.

    as adjective ‘the westerly end of Sunset Boulevard’
    as adverb ‘our plan was to keep westerly’
    • ‘After climbing a steep rise for about twenty minutes the road crested, then began to slope downwards, taking a more westerly direction.’
    • ‘In my book, a Sunday afternoon jaunt to report on a game at the westerly outpost could only ever be described as a treat, not a chore.’
    • ‘An alternative base for touring from is Denham, Australia's most westerly town.’
    • ‘The country road winds back and forth but proceeds in a mostly westerly direction, so at every turn the great reddened globe of the sun loomed, creating a new sunset at every turn.’
    • ‘The pattern was irregular, but the grass was laid down in a variety of ways, some bent in a westerly direction, some toward the east, some southeast or southwest.’
    • ‘I was using the binoculars and could see it clearly and started moving in a westerly direction picking up speed as it went.’
    • ‘They left the trail behind and struck out in a westerly direction.’
    • ‘While its western flanks are swathed in forestry plantations, the upper slopes of the hill are clear and because of its westerly position, offer some of the finest views in the area.’
    • ‘The lane behind and to the north of that last row of houses continues for miles in both the easterly and westerly directions, and it serves to provide two points of entry into that primeval world.’
    • ‘They tend to be mainly westerly in direction running from west to east.’
    • ‘After two hours of fishing, the wind freshened up considerably from a westerly direction.’
    • ‘Palawan, the most westerly island of the archipelago is a local name meaning Gate of Combat.’
    • ‘The back garden has a westerly orientation and is surrounded by mature shrubs and trees.’
    • ‘Occasionally, vehicles would park facing in a westerly direction.’
    1. 1.1 (of a wind) blowing from the west.
      as adjective ‘a stiff westerly breeze’
      • ‘A light westerly wind blew, gentle as the day, and whipped up the dusts moving them to scattered graves and other surrounding parts of the city.’
      • ‘Conditions on the day were trying; with strong westerly winds affecting timings but all the runners were happy with their individual times.’
      • ‘If, for instance, the pressure is low towards Iceland and Greenland and high down by the Azores and Portugal, then most of northern Europe can expect strong westerly winds.’
      • ‘In spring, the westerly winds blow across the frozen lake and become cooler.’
      • ‘This generated frequent heavy rains and fierce westerly gales: in some coastal areas there was significant wind damage as well as flooding.’
      • ‘Heavy swells and strong westerly winds made for tough rowing conditions and the organisers were taking no chances with the safety of competitors.’
      • ‘Specifically, westerly winds blow stronger, but changes in wind speed and direction occur all over the planet.’
      • ‘There will be westerly gale force winds and a top temperature of 7c.’
      • ‘There was a strong westerly wind blowing that day, around 20-25 knots but the object didn't appear to be drifting.’
      • ‘The deep low pressure system then rolled southeast, and the fierce westerly gales on its northern flank inflicted widespread damage in southern and southeastern Australia over the next three days.’
      • ‘During more intense El Niño episodes, westerly winds are observed over parts of the equatorial western and central Pacific.’
      • ‘Many hurricanes eventually drift far enough north or south to move into areas dominated by westerly winds (found in the middle latitudes).’
      • ‘Our prevailing winds are westerly, coming in from the Atlantic.’
      • ‘When the high pressure systems move north during winter, southern Australia comes under the influence of westerly winds and rain-bearing cold fronts.’
      • ‘Because of the westerly winds it just blows back in again, just like all the muck and dust from the building site next door.’
      western, westerly, westwardly, occidental
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often westerlies
  • 1A wind blowing from the west.

    • ‘However, there was no sign of desperately needed rain and a westerly roared in from Australia's arid outback, fanning flames and scattering red hot embers to start new blazes.’
    • ‘Big black gnats had been brought out by the sunshine and held their place in a stiff westerly by congregating behind a windbreak hedge of double thickness, thorn one side and elder the other.’
    • ‘The powerful westerly that blew down from the, icy summits of British Columbia's Coast Mountains in the middle of the night threatened to send our tent and everything in it into Shack Lake.’
    • ‘One of Sydney's famous westerlies had blown the roof off another house he lived in.’
    • ‘Research showed that the prevailing westerly would blow the pollution out from the city to the Hauraki Gulf and the sea breeze would bring it back again, so for one to three days it would build up until a sou'wester blew it away again.’
    • ‘Ships of the 16th and 17th centuries entering the Pacific from Cape Horn would not attempt to sail into these westerly winds.’
    • ‘The prevailing westerly will make itself known a little after lunch, and often picks up as the afternoon progresses until it's quite strong by about sunset.’
    • ‘Coming from the sea, it brings dampness with it: when the waves make a noise as they break, you know it's a westerly.’
    • ‘The wines produced on the flat coastal littoral are strongly influenced by prevailing Atlantic westerlies.’
    • ‘Rough seas and 20-knot westerly winds made the task of moving the female whale into deeper waters impossible.’
    • ‘One of the unusual things about this particular storm was that it was a southerly gale and not one of the usual westerlies that tend to affect the south of Britain.’
    • ‘It will become cloudy along the coast in the afternoon where the wind will be moderate to fresh westerly.’
    • ‘And the whole idea is that we're going to be traversing the city on a kind of low-down northerly and an upper westerly, so then the balloonists just choose the height that they fly to steer it.’
    1. 1.1westerlies The belt of prevailing westerly winds in the mid-latitudes of the northern and southern hemispheres.
      • ‘Temperate zones, such as Europe, get more of their rain in the winter from the effect of low-pressure zones coming in from the Atlantic driven by the prevailing westerlies.’
      • ‘Here in Southern California we're accustomed to summer westerlies and northwesterlies that kick in about noon and may work up to about 20 knots.’
      • ‘There is a northerly with us this weekend, then westerlies will come across bringing some rain.’
      • ‘The jet streams, the trade winds, westerlies, polar easterlies and other global and local winds all help to give the planet distinct zones, from polar or temperate to Mediterranean or tropical.’
      • ‘The prevailing winds are strong westerlies, generally good news, but it's important to remember you do have to come back.’
      • ‘Seasonal variations are slight, though wet and stormy conditions with strong westerlies occur from December to February.’
      • ‘Elsewhere westerlies are dominant and they reach a peak in jet streams where wind speeds of 200 to 300 km/h are not uncommon.’
      • ‘At the mid-latitudes, the winds are called the westerlies, and at the highest latitudes, the winds are called the polar easterlies.’
      • ‘The combination of the deepening trough and the strengthening downstream ridge allows the bottom portion of the trough to separate from the main belt of the westerlies.’
      • ‘The prime conditions for heavy snowfall in the Australian Alps are persistent strong westerlies through the winter, which produce abundant precipitation and are generally accompanied by relatively low temperatures.’
      • ‘In the upper atmosphere during this season, westerlies dominate in the upper troposphere over most of the monsoon region.’
      • ‘It adds a northerly component to our prevailing westerlies: i.e. more nor'westers, bringing drought to the east and floods to the west.’


Late 15th century: from obsolete wester ‘western’ + -ly.




Main definitions of westerly in US English:

: westerly1Westerly2


proper noun

  • An industrial and resort town in southwestern Rhode Island, on the Connecticut border; population 23,377 (est. 2008).