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leeward

The adjective leeward describes an area or side of a boat that's facing away from the wind. If you move to the leeward side of your sailboat, you're shifting to the sheltered, downwind side.

You're likely to hear the word leeward when you're on a boat, since wind direction is hugely important when you're sailing. You can, however, use it to describe any area that's protected from the wind, even when you're on land. Your tent might fare best if you pitch it on the leeward side of a valley, for example. The lee part of leeward comes from the Old English hleo, which means "shelter, defense, or protection."

Definitions of leeward
  1. adjective
    on the side away from the wind
    “on the leeward side of the island”
    Synonyms:
    downwind, lee
    towards the side away from the wind
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    Antonyms:
    windward
    on the side exposed to the wind
    upwind, weather
    towards the side exposed to wind
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  2. adverb
    toward the wind
    “they were sailing leeward
    synonyms: upwind
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    Antonyms:
    downwind, windward
    away from the wind
  3. noun
    the direction in which the wind is blowing
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    Antonyms:
    windward
    the direction from which the wind is coming
    types:
    leeward side, to leeward
    the side sheltered from the wind
    type of:
    direction
    the spatial relation between something and the course along which it points or moves
  4. noun
    the side of something that is sheltered from the wind
    synonyms: lee, lee side
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    Antonyms:
    windward
    the side of something that is toward the wind
    type of:
    face, side
    a surface forming part of the outside of an object
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