from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A storm or gale blowing from the southwest.
  • noun A waterproof hat of material such as plastic, oilskin, or canvas, with a broad brim behind to protect the neck.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A southwest wind, gale, or storm.
  • noun A hat of water-proof material, of which the brim is made very broad behind, so as to protect the neck from rain: usually sou'wester.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A storm, gale, or strong wind from the southwest.
  • noun A hat made of painted canvas, oiled cloth, or the like, with a flap at the back, -- worn in stormy weather.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A strong wind blowing from the southwest.
  • noun A waterproof hat, often of oilskin, designed to repel wind and rain.
  • noun A long raincoat, often worn at sea.

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

  • noun a strong wind from the southwest


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  • A southwester, which is usually pronounced and sometimes spelled

    Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue and Their Shetland Pony

  • In six days we had two stiff blows, and, in addition, one proper southwester and one ripsnorting southeaster.


  • Meanwhile, we had a cold November followed by one chinook/southwester/easterly after another.

    Making Light: Snowpocalypse Part Next

  • Lee County, Florida is in the southwester, part of the state.

    The Reno Gazette Journal goes white, very white.

  • Amyas could not sail the next day, or the day after; for the southwester freshened, and blew three parts of a gale dead into the bay.

    Westward Ho!

  • Except for one wild southwester that broke the pin in the mizzen topsail yard and sent it into the rigging, all signs seemed in their favor.

    A Furnace Afloat

  • Then we ran down the Illyrian coast and, with oars at full speed, sail bellying with a powerful southwester, rounded the Italian peninsula with a strong wind for Sicilia and the Tyrrhenian Sea, where we ran into a small flotilla of black-sailed ships expectantly lying in wait for us.

    The Skrayling Tree

  • Based on our experiences in the first sounding, the necessary preparations were taken to enable the team to reach an ever greater depth in the second sounding just outside the southwester corner pillar of frigidarium 1.

    Interactive Dig Sagalassos - Roman Baths Report 3

  • They rounded Cape St. John expecting a deadly southwester, but found instead as fine a day as anyone could wish, clear and crisp like October in New England.

    A Furnace Afloat

  • He was like a grampus when he set his teeth, and a southwester couldn't blow harder if he chose.

    The Knight of the Golden Melice A Historical Romance


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