from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. On or toward the side to which the wind is blowing.
  • n. The lee side or quarter.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Away from the direction from which the wind is blowing. Downwind.
  • adv. Away from the direction from which the wind is blowing. Downwind.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to, or in the direction of, the part or side toward which the wind blows; -- opposed to windward

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to the quarter toward which the wind blows; being in the direction of the wind: opposed to windward: as, a leeward course.
  • n. The point or direction opposite to that from which the wind blows: as, to fall to leeward.
  • Toward the lee, or that part toward which the wind blows: opposed to windward.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the direction in which the wind is blowing
  • adv. toward the wind
  • adj. on the side away from the wind
  • n. the side of something that is sheltered from the wind


lee (“side away from the wind”) +‎ -ward (“direction”) (Wiktionary)



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