Definitions

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

  • adj. Of or moving toward the quarter from which the wind blows.
  • adj. Of or on the side exposed to the wind or to prevailing winds.
  • adv. In a direction from which the wind blows; against the wind.
  • n. The direction from which the wind blows.
  • idiom to windward Into or to an advantageous posture or position.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Towards the wind, or the direction from which the wind is blowing.
  • adj. On the side exposed to the wind.
  • adv. In a direction from which the wind blows, against the wind.
  • n. The direction from which the wind blows.
  • n. The side receiving the wind's force.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Situated toward the point from which the wind blows.
  • adv. Toward the wind; in the direction from which the wind blows.
  • n. The point or side from which the wind blows; ; -- opposed to leeward.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • On the side toward the point from which the wind blows: as, windward shrouds.
  • n. The point from which the wind blows: as, to ply or sail to windward.
  • Toward the wind: opposed to leeward.

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

  • adj. on the side exposed to the wind
  • n. the side of something that is toward the wind
  • adv. away from the wind
  • n. the direction from which the wind is coming

Etymologies

wind +‎ -ward (Wiktionary)

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