Definitions

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

  • n. A strong wind coming from the west.
  • intransitive v. To move westward. Used of the sun, the moon, or a star.

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  • n. A strong westerly wind.
  • v. To move towards the west

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To tend or move toward the west; trend or turn westward.

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

  • n. wind that blows from west to east

Etymologies

Middle English westren, from west, west; see west.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • "There are no currents to speak of about here; and as we have run south-westwards before the north-easter, if we run back in an opposite direction before the south-wester, which is not far off now from setting in, why we must arrive pretty nearly at the same point from which we started."

    Fritz and Eric The Brother Crusoes

  • Were called up at midnight to slip for a violent north-easter, for this rascally hole of San Pedro is unsafe in every wind but a south-wester, which is seldom known to blow more than once in a half century.

    Two years before the mast, and twenty-four years after: a personal narrative

  • The storm was an extreme form of what is locally known as a "nor'wester" - a weather pattern that develops over the Bay of Bengal during the hot months of the year, the West Bengal weather office said.

    The Sydney Morning Herald News Headlines

  • The storm was an extreme form of what is locally known as a "nor'wester" - a weather pattern that develops over the nearby Bay of Bengal during the hot months of the year, the West Bengal weather office said.

    News24 Top Stories

  • The storm was an extreme form of what is locally known as a "nor'wester" -- a weather pattern that develops over the Bay of Bengal during the hot months of the year, the West Bengal weather office said.

    Raw Story

  • The national weather office said that the thunderstorm was an extreme form of what is locally known as a "nor'wester" -- a weather pattern that develops over the Bay of Bengal during the hot months of the year.

    Earth News, Earth Science, Energy Technology, Environment News

  • The national weather office said that the thunderstorm was an extreme form of what is locally known as a "nor'wester" - a weather pattern that develops over the Bay of Bengal during the hot months of the year.

    Khaleej Times : UAE News

  • The storm was an extreme form of what is locally known as a "nor'wester" - a weather pattern that develops over the nearby Bay of Bengal during the hot months of the year, the local weather office told AFP.

    The Age News Headlines

  • Officials say that the storm - which also killed two people in the Rangpur area of Bangladesh - was an extreme form of what is locally known as a "nor'wester" - a weather pattern that develops over the Bay of Bengal during the hot months of the year.

    BBC News | News Front Page | World Edition

  • I wisht to God a nor'wester'd come along an 'blow the Solomons clean to hell.

    Chapter 3

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  • Scots - westernmost.

    December 26, 2007