westerly definition by Webster's New World
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- in or toward the west
- from the west, as a wind
noun pl. westerlies
a wind from the west
westerly definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- Situated toward the west.
- Coming or being from the west: westerly winds.
A storm or wind coming from the west.
Origin: Middle English, from wester, western, from Old English westra; see wes-pero- in Indo-European roots.
- westˈer·ly adverb
westerly - Cultural Definition
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See prevailing westerlies.
westerly - Science Definition
A wind, especially a prevailing wind, that blows from the west. The prevailing winds in the middle latitudes are westerlies. See illustration at wind.