from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A violent gust of cold wind blowing seaward from a mountainous coast, especially in the Straits of Magellan.
- n. A sudden gust of wind; a squall.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a strong gust of cold wind
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A whirlwind, or whirlwind squall, encountered in the Straits of Magellan.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A sudden, violent squall of wind. Also spelled willywaw.
Palin the williwaw is about to be unleashed out of the northland like a force of nature upon the political world and, few in the lower 48 know anything about the overwhelming power of a williwaw.
The "williwaw," sometimes called the "wooley," is one of the great terrors of Fuegian inland waters.
According to Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 10th edition, a williwaw is a “violent gust of cold land air, common along mountainous coasts of high latitudes.”
Over a cocktail the admiral called a “williwaw,” the two left work behind and discussed personal matters.4
The ocean was peculiarly calm, cloaked in an uneasy, expectant hush Rogov had come to associate with the quiet before a williwaw.
Gusting williwaw winds were already pounding the thin shelters, screaming through every tiny crack between the two sections mated to form a fragile barrier against the environment.
On the afternoon of the tenth day on the island the sky clouded up and Mr. Gibney predicted a williwaw.
"Right as a trivet! but -- have you ever heard of a williwaw, Peggy?"
A full-blown williwaw will throw a ship, even without sail on, over on her beam ends; but, like other gales, they cease now and then, if only for a short time.
But it was interesting to see, as I let go the anchor, that it did not reach the bottom before another williwaw struck down from this mountain and carried the sloop off faster than I could pay out cable.