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wind·ward

 (wĭnd′wərd)
adj. & adv.
On or toward the side from which the wind is blowing.
n.
The windward side or quarter.
Idiom:
to windward
Into or to an advantageous posture or position.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.to windward - the side toward the windto windward - the side toward the wind    
windward - the direction from which the wind is coming
References in classic literature ?
P-, in charge of the deck, hooked on to the windward mizzen rigging in a state of perfect serenity; myself, the third mate, also hooked on somewhere to windward of the slanting poop, in a state of the utmost preparedness to jump at the very first hint of some sort of order, but otherwise in a perfectly acquiescent state of mind.
But they were too wise to attempt it, contenting themselves with rowing lustily to windward along the starboard side of a big ship, the Lancashire Queen.
It appears, from some old charts, that the long island to windward was formerly separated by wide channels into several islets; this fact is likewise indicated by the trees being younger on these portions.