Definition of windward in English:

windward

adjective & adverb

  • Facing the wind or on the side facing the wind.

    as adjective ‘the windward side of the boat’
    Contrasted with leeward
    • ‘On the windward side of the Tetons and the Salt Range to the south, this large flat area hasn't been under water for at least twenty three years as the west continues to be dry.’
    • ‘A temporary solution is to open a window to let in a little make up air, preferably on the windward side of the house.’
    • ‘Placed too high up on a sailboat's mast, the radar might miss seeing a nearby target on the windward side when a boat is heeled over.’
    • ‘On Bamboo Island, the coral on the windward side was mostly destroyed, but otherwise it was the perfect white-sand island I'd first seen 15 years before.’
    • ‘I spot a ten kilometer ridge line south of the road near Wandella forty kilometers from the goal at Rankin Springs and head into the wind to get on the windward side of it hoping to catch a thermal climbing up on it.’
    • ‘On the eastern side is the Koolau Range, whose spectacular fissured cliffs front the windward side of the island.’
    • ‘Rainfall is often heavy especially in the interior near the mountains and on the windward sides of the large islands.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, tactics aside, we still have to sail, and this consists of throwing our weight onto the windward side, cramming wetly against the rail, and moving across as smoothly and quickly as possible whenever Shirley calls a sudden tack.’
    • ‘It is on the windward side of the island and so the full force of the Atlantic winds and waves sweeps in against it, pushing up a thirty-yard breadth of sand.’
    • ‘As the air moves up the windward side of the mountain it cools down, and again if the air becomes saturated then cloud is formed which, if below the top of the hills, gives fog.’
    • ‘Using sticky yellow polythene sheets, which are erected vertically on the windward side of the fields and nurseries, can help ward off these vectors.’
    • ‘Thirty-one years ago, when Cyclone Bebe inundated Funafuti, its waves tossed coral rubble onto the windward side of the atoll, creating a rampart that still stands as the highest point on the motu.’
    • ‘Indeed, sometimes the mountains and hills will make the clouds drop all of their rain on the windward side leaving little or no rain as the system moves across the rest of the country.’
    • ‘You place a capsule full of powder in the windward side of the propeller, slide the sleeve down to puncture holes in the side of the capsule, then suck hard through the sleeve.’
    • ‘The location is typical of an Amerindian settlement in that it is located on the windward side of the island (a location more difficult for enemy landings due to the constant battering of wind and waves).’
    • ‘On calm days, dive trips go to the windward side of the island to search for large schools of pelagic fish: bronze whaler sharks, hammerheads, mantas and sometimes oceanic white tips.’
    • ‘Mauka Makai Excursions offers archaeological and hiking tours of the windward side of Oahu.’
    • ‘On the windward side of the island there are numerous narrow, powdery beaches and deserted rocky coves.’
    • ‘The glides have been pretty reasonable up to this point, but suddenly I'm falling like a rock as I try to push into the hills to get under the clouds, thinking that I'm on the windward side of a spur.’
    • ‘He said the Sea King helicopters on Manoora are vital in taking resources including police to the windward side of the island group.’

noun

mass noun
  • The side or direction from which the wind is blowing.

    ‘he had beaten to windward across St Austell Bay’
    • ‘Text messages needed to be sent and received before the next beat to windward, or in fact anything requiring two hands.’
    • ‘Remember that if there is a boat to windward of you, you have the same rights to force the boat over.’
    • ‘It is probable that these ships would have been very slow and unable to make effective progress to windward.’
    • ‘These ships were especially effective when sailing upwind or to windward.’
    • ‘As the sail is shifted to windward of the vessel, it causes an imbalance of forces commonly known as ‘lee helm’, which is the tendency of the vessel to turn away from the wind.’
    • ‘Bring the midship part of the boat to windward of him and give him an oar to grasp.’
    • ‘If, like me, you have spent endless summer afternoons sweatily becalmed in Long Island Sound, there's a lot to be said for a rail-down bash to windward, especially after it's over.’
    • ‘The water gained on the pumps but Athneal stuck with the vessel and slowly managed to beat to windward.’
    • ‘The Chinese, with ships as large as the Portuguese carracks and much more efficient to windward, traded in growing strength throughout South-east Asia, and settled in the area in far greater numbers than Europeans.’
    • ‘Finding that they had not been making sufficient way to windward, Nares ordered the sails reefed and steam power used instead.’
    • ‘Most importantly, in our ameliorated reading, the ship that is the Church is seen not wallowing passively before the onslaught of waves coming from windward and leeward.’
    • ‘Although she can sail to windward, it is generally quicker to row into head winds, or through crowded anchorages.’
    • ‘Many readers have written of their admiration for his remarkable ability to examine an aspect of history with penetrating perspective that acts as an anchor to windward in our own turbulent times.’
    • ‘Four ships, including Dumanoirs Formidable sailed to windward of the British and exchanged shots with them as they passed, then sailed away from the battle.’
    • ‘But in the time that sorting out that mess takes, Charlie, to windward, has gone past her.’
    • ‘By noon, Nicholson noted that his ship seemed to ‘greatly outsail’ the enemy and determined to utilize this advantage by moving to windward of the enemy.’
    • ‘With a mixed start for both multihull categories, the Nacras, sailing higher, created somewhat of a nuisance for the Hobies which they passed to windward.’
    • ‘Finally, the wind changed to blow westward, and Farash re-rigged the sail so they could tack at a good angle to windward, and the breeze soon propelled them once again upriver.’
    • ‘Catamarans may not go to windward as well as monohulls, but the extra space and the sheer exhilaration of sailing fast - almost always on a reach - more than make up for it.’
    • ‘The shroud base is very wide, restricts sheeting angles and will contribute to reduced performance to windward.’

Phrases

  • to windward of

    • dated In an advantageous position in relation to.

      ‘I happen to have got to windward of the young woman’
      • ‘But I'm not going to play the fool; honor bright, I'm not; yet - by Jove! - to get to windward of the professors and Mackenzie too!’

Pronunciation

windward

/ˈwɪndwəd/