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

  • adv. At, on, or to the leeward side.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. On the lee side of a ship; to leeward.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. On or toward the lee, or the side away from the wind; the opposite of aweather. The helm of a ship is alee when pressed close to the lee side.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Nautical, on or toward the lee side of a ship or boat, that is, the sheltered side, on which the wind does not strike; away from the wind: opposed to aweather (which see).

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

  • adv. on or toward the lee


a (“preposition”) +‎ lee. (Wiktionary)



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  • "the situation of the helm when pushed close down to the lee-side of the ship, in order to put the ship about, or to lay her head to the windward."
    Falconer's New Universal Dictionary of the Marine (1816), 7

    October 12, 2008