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1. Situated toward the south.
2. Coming or being from the south: southerly winds.
n. pl. south·er·lies
A storm or wind coming from the south.

south′er·ly adv.
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of, relating to, or situated in the south
adv, adj
1. (Navigation) towards or in the direction of the south
2. (Physical Geography) from the south: a southerly wind.
n, pl -lies
(Physical Geography) a wind from the south
ˈsoutherliness n
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(ˈsʌð ər li)

adj., adv., n., pl. -lies. adj., adv.
1. toward the south: a southerly course.
2. (esp. of a wind) coming from the south.
3. a wind that blows from the south.
south′er•li•ness, n.
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If something moves in a southerly (/sʌðəli/) direction, it moves towards the south.

Peter headed in a southerly direction.

However, a southerly wind blows from the south.

The dunes afford the house some shelter from the southerly gales.

The most southerly of a group of things is the one that is furthest to the south. The form southernmost is also used with the same meaning.

...the most southerly tip of Bear Island.
...Aswan, Egypt's southernmost city.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.southerly - a wind from the southsoutherly - a wind from the south    
air current, current of air, wind - air moving (sometimes with considerable force) from an area of high pressure to an area of low pressure; "trees bent under the fierce winds"; "when there is no wind, row"; "the radioactivity was being swept upwards by the air current and out into the atmosphere"
Adj.1.southerly - situated in or oriented toward the south; "a southern exposure"; "took a southerly course"
south - situated in or facing or moving toward or coming from the south; "the south entrance"
2.southerly - from the south; used especially of wind; "a hot southerly wind"; "southern breezes"; "the winds are southerly"
south - situated in or facing or moving toward or coming from the south; "the south entrance"
Adv.1.southerly - toward the south; "the ship turned southerly"
2.southerly - from the south; "a wind blew southerly"
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A. ADJ [wind] → del sur
we were headed in a southerly directioníbamos hacia el sur or rumbo al sur or en dirección sur
the most southerly point in Europeel punto más meridional or más al sur de Europa
B. N (= wind) → viento m del sur
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[ˈsʌðərli] adj [wind, breeze] → du sud; [situation] → méridional(e); [point] → au sud
in a southerly direction → vers le sud, en direction du sud
Peter headed in a southerly direction → Peter se dirigea vers le sud.
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adjsüdlich; course alsonach Süden; windaus Süden or südlicher Richtung
advnach Süden, südwärts (esp Naut)
nSüdwind m
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[ˈsʌðəlɪ] adj (wind) → del sud; (direction) → verso sud
house with a southerly aspect → casa esposta a sud
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(sauθ) noun
1. the direction to the right of a person facing the rising sun, or any part of the earth lying in that direction. He stood facing towards the south; She lives in the south of France.
2. one of the four main points of the compass.
1. in the south. She works on the south coast.
2. from the direction of the south. a south wind.
towards the south. This window faces south.
southerly (ˈsaðəli) adjective
1. (of a wind etc) coming from the south. a southerly wind.
2. looking, lying etc towards the south. in a southerly direction.
southern (ˈsaðən) adjective
of the south. Your speech sounds southern to me; Australia is in the southern hemisphere.
southerner (ˈsaðənə) noun
a person who lives, or was born, in a southern region or country.
southernmost (ˈsaðənmoust) adjective
being furthest south. the southernmost point on the mainland.
ˈsouthward adjective
towards the south. in a southward direction.
ˈsouthward(s) adverb
towards the south. We are moving southwards.
ˈsouthbound adjective
travelling southwards. southbound traffic.
ˌsouth-ˈeast / ˌsouth-ˈwest nouns
the direction midway between south and east or south and west, or any part of the earth lying in that direction.
1. in the south-east or south-west. the south-east coast.
2. from the direction of the south-east or south-west. a south-east wind.
towards the south-east or south-west. The gateway faces south-west.
ˌsouth-ˈeasterly / ˌsouth-ˈwesterly adjective
1. (of a wind etc) coming from the south-east or south-west. a south-easterly wind.
2. looking, lying etc towards the south-east or south-west. a south-westerly direction.
ˌsouth-ˈeastern / ˌsouth-ˈwestern adjective
of the south-east or south-west. a south-western dialect.
the South Pole
the southern end of the imaginary line through the earth, round which it turns.
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References in classic literature ?
Z.)--From 1st prox.: extreme southerly light(double red) will exhibit white beam inclined 45 degrees on approach of Southerly Buster.
Of all that Napoleon might have done: wintering in Moscow, advancing on Petersburg or on Nizhni-Novgorod, or retiring by a more northerly or more southerly route (say by the road Kutuzov afterwards took), nothing more stupid or disastrous can be imagined than what he actually did.
They had gone in the direction of the village of the Gomangani, that much had Manu seen with his own eyes, so the ape-man swung on through the jungle in a southerly direction and though with no concentrated effort to follow the spoor of those he trailed, he passed numerous evidences that they had gone this way--faint suggestions of their scent spoor clung lightly to leaf or branch or bole that one or the other had touched, or in the earth of the trail their feet had trod, and where the way wound through the gloomy depth of dank forest, the impress of their shoes still showed occasionally in the damp mass of decaying vegetation that floored the way.
Days, weeks passed, and under easy sail, the ivory Pequod had slowly swept across four several cruising-grounds; that off the Azores; off the Cape de Verdes; on the Plate (so called), being off the mouth of the Rio de la Plata; and the Carrol Ground, an unstaked, watery locality, southerly from St.
It was in 1862 that, in spite of the Southern Members of Congress, who wished a more southerly route, it was decided to lay the road between the forty-first and forty-second parallels.
As the waters of New York flow either southerly into the Atlantic or northerly into Ontario and its outlet, Otsego Lake, being the source of the Susquehanna, is of necessity among its highest lands.
In the month of October the southerly winds set in, bringing with them frequent rain.
Just as I had set my mast and sail, and the boat began to stretch away, I saw even by the clearness of the water some alteration of the current was near; for where the current was so strong the water was foul; but perceiving the water clear, I found the current abate; and presently I found to the east, at about half a mile, a breach of the sea upon some rocks: these rocks I found caused the current to part again, and as the main stress of it ran away more southerly, leaving the rocks to the north-east, so the other returned by the repulse of the rocks, and made a strong eddy, which ran back again to the north-west, with a very sharp stream.
The Boussole, which went first, ran aground on the southerly coast.
HAVING FORDED WIND RIVER a little above its mouth, Captain Bonneville and his three companions proceeded across a gravelly plain, until they fell upon the Popo Agie, up the left bank of which they held their course, nearly in a southerly direction.
The breeze was gusty; a southerly blow was making up.
Southerly, at many miles' distance, and over the hills and ridges coastward, she could discern a surface like polished steel: it was the English Channel at a point far out towards France.

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