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

  • adjective Situated toward the west.
  • adjective Coming or being from the west.
  • noun A storm or wind coming from the west.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To the westward; in a westerly direction.
  • Having a generally westward direction; proceeding or directed mainly toward the west: as, a westerly current or course; the westerly trend of a mountain-chain.
  • Situated toward the west; lying to the westward: as, the westerly parts of a country.
  • Looking toward the west: as, a westerly exposure.
  • Coming from the general direction

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

  • adverb Toward the west; westward.
  • adjective Of or pertaining to the west; toward the west; coming from the west; western.

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

  • adjective Situated in the west.
  • adjective of wind Coming from the west.
  • adverb Towards the west.
  • noun A westerly wind or storm.

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

  • adverb toward the west
  • adverb from the west
  • adjective moving toward the west
  • noun the winds from the west that occur in the temperate zones of the Earth
  • adjective of wind; from the west


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

[Middle English, from wester, western, from Old English westra; see wes-pero- in Indo-European roots.]


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  • "westerly" will come along by-and-by and release you, and, with a staggering press of sail carried to the reliable gale, away you go for the long stretch of a hundred degrees or so eastward.

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  • “Fair westerly breeze, with a promise of stiffening, if Louis predicts correctly.”

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