Definition of easterly in US English:


adverb & adjective

  • 1In an eastward position or direction.

    as adjective ‘the captain ordered an easterly course’
    • ‘The summit of Carn an Tuirc lies about a kilometre west of the corrie rim and from there it's a straightforward easterly descent, then reascent to Tolmount.’
    • ‘Last week, your mild mannered reporter was walking through Knightsbridge, and he glanced in an easterly direction.’
    • ‘The reader should be aware that the Mekong flows generally in an easterly direction across Viet Nam from Cambodia and ultimately empties into the South China Sea.’
    • ‘Ithaki, the most easterly of the modern group, faces the dawn, and is hilly.’
    • ‘The game was being played on the most easterly of the Albrecht pitches and the multi-talented McAdam revelled in the occasion.’
    • ‘Because of its closeness to the International Date Line this is the most easterly city in the world and is the first on which the sun rises.’
    • ‘Eventually I reached the Royal Mile, expecting to continue ahead and make an easterly turn beyond Waverley Station.’
    • ‘Lisa was in good form, looking forward to a weekend away in a caravan in Ballyhalbert, the most easterly village in Ireland.’
    • ‘What you perhaps don't know is that nestled away on the eighth floor, sporting a prime easterly view of the city, is the studio/loft of Colin and Maclean.’
    • ‘Barbados' easterly location and position at 13 degrees latitude gave it comparative advantages for the growing and production of sugar cane.’
    • ‘It was James Cook who gave Cape Byron - the most easterly tip of Australia - its name, in 1770.’
    • ‘This new speed limit, perhaps 40 mph, needs to extend about one mile eastward from the roundabout at the easterly end of the present bypass.’
    • ‘The island of Puerto Rico (formerly Porto Rico) is the most easterly of the Greater Antilles group of the West Indies island chain.’
    • ‘The mark was continuous across the lawn and proceeded easterly.’
    • ‘This is the most easterly of the 26,000 ft-plus Himalayan range, and until 1852 was assumed to be the highest mountain in the world.’
    • ‘The object continued to move easterly directly along side of the interstate for several miles, so they followed speeding along the highway at 85 mph, as darkness began to fall.’
    • ‘Much of the Douro Superior, the most easterly of the three sub-regions, is still pioneer country.’
    • ‘It turned north for some distance, then curved right around to flow back south, before finally returning to its usual easterly course towards the Great River.’
    • ‘The car continued to rotate a full 380 degrees before crashing into a nearby solarium facing in an easterly direction.’
    • ‘The US 1st Marine Expeditionary Force peeled off across the Tigris on a more easterly route towards the Iraqi capital.’
    1. 1.1 (of a wind) blowing from the east.
      as adjective ‘the light easterly breeze’
      • ‘On occasion, severe frosts, biting easterly winds and snowfall can result in winter casualties.’
      • ‘The dust was not caused by easterly winds, but rather when the maize was being levelled out in the ship's hold.’
      • ‘The easterly trade winds are part of the low-level component of the Walker circulation.’
      • ‘The crews set off in a moderate south easterly breeze and coast in the Kalbarri region is set for a fine weekend.’
      • ‘With a very strong easterly wind continuing to blow across the province fishing operations were very much restricted.’
      • ‘We had to contend with a very cold easterly wind blowing downstream.’
      • ‘As we arrived at the river, the cold easterly gale had veered to a light westerly breeze with a touch of warmth in it, perfect for river trouting.’
      • ‘When the winds are easterly, the pollen count lowers in the east as you might expect, but pine pollen has been detected on the coast, presumably from Norway.’
      • ‘It is believed that they have picked up metals blown off the bombing range by the strong easterly winds that regularly blow across the island.’
      • ‘With easterly winds often travelling across the industrial areas of Europe, the visibility can be quite poor.’
      • ‘The fierce easterly wind blowing out of the Straits of Gibraltar kept them waiting like a courtier at the king's gate.’
      • ‘Freezing easterly gales, with wind speeds up to sixty miles per hour registered at Harry's weather station, continue to dominate the beginning of spring.’
      • ‘Wave action and easterly winds will pull this colder water to the surface off the coast of Peru and Ecuador and as the easterly trade winds strengthen the effect becomes stronger.’
      • ‘In Namibia, conditions turned from easterly bergwinds to strong south westerly winds and the temperature dropped like a brick.’
      • ‘As for the wind dispersion, the prevailing winds are mostly easterly.’
      • ‘Easterly winds bring us this extreme cold and, unlike a northerly wind, the easterly wind only has a short distance to travel over the warming sea.’
      • ‘Next day the weather worsened and an easterly gale finished the job.’
      • ‘A strong gust of easterly wind scattered the torn remains of the letter with its proud seal, and its commanding impression.’
      • ‘If a raindrop falling onto the top of the Andes in South America encounters a light easterly breeze, it will blow the rain onto the western side of the mountain.’
      • ‘The weather was cold and drizzly with a slight easterly wind blowing towards me.’
      eastern, easterly, eastwardly, oriental
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often easterlies
  • A wind blowing from the east.

    • ‘A birdwatcher said he'd seen two yellow-browed warblers, and that they only come this time of the year on the easterlies from Siberia, rare visitors, they look like goldcrests.’
    • ‘A moderate easterly provided a lively sea for the sailors.’
    • ‘With brilliant sunshine, the penultimate race of the season brought a light north easterly so sail pumping was the order of the day.’
    • ‘There are plenty of boat-diving opportunities that don't involve going too deep, though this can be spoilt by a strong easterly.’
    • ‘Although the met office had warned of a mean north easterly topping out at force five, wind never topped a four in the gusts and generally settled into a two to three routine.’
    • ‘Mike had been right; easterlies are best avoided at Swanage.’
    • ‘It was blowing a light easterly today so I headed back to the Ditchling field.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Within an hour we were standing on a torn up area of turf being blasted by a strong north easterly.’
    • ‘At all times, a west wind is best, though an easterly can be useful if it's not too fresh.’
    • ‘Christmas Day itself generally dawns grey, with an easterly blustering off the Pacific, but it doesn't matter!’
    • ‘Even with a force six easterly bearing in from the North Sea yesterday, Crail still appeared like the cosy little corner of the East Neuk of Fife it undoubtedly is.’
    • ‘It's terrible what a cold north easterly can do to your equipment.’
    • ‘The North easterly persisted for about 8 days, keeping temperatures very low but we put up three bivvies which gave us protection from the conditions.’
    • ‘It was looking like a very light easterly so we planned to fly out from a field behind Mt Caburn and on to Beachy Head and Eastbourne before turning inland and back to the field.’
    • ‘After six hours sleep we woke up to a south easterly and clouds drifting past.’
    • ‘The weather had been superb, with persistent easterlies and a lot of sunshine.’
    • ‘The Capricorn Corsair drove through the smooth harbour water before the steady easterly that flowed seaward on summer nights.’
    • ‘Once the kayakers had rounded the peninsular, they were protected from the seasonal north easterly.’