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

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

west′er·ly adv.
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of, relating to, or situated in the west
adv, adj
1. towards or in the direction of the west
2. (Physical Geography) (esp of the wind) from the west
n, pl -lies
(Physical Geography) a wind blowing from the west
ˈwesterliness n
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(ˈwɛs tər li)

adj., adv., n., pl. -lies. adj.
1. moving, directed, or situated toward the west.
2. (esp. of a wind) coming from the west.
3. toward the west.
4. from the west.
5. a wind that blows from the west.
6. westerlies, (used with a pl. v.) any semipermanent belt of westerly winds, esp. those that prevail at latitudes lying between the tropical and polar regions of the earth.
[1570–80; west + -erly, extracted from easterly]
west′er•li•ness, n.
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If something moves in a westerly direction, it moves towards the west.

...a westerly journey.

However, a westerly wind blows from the west.

The ship was driven by the incessant westerly gales.

The most westerly of a group of things is the one that is furthest to the west. The form westernmost is also used with the same meaning

...the most westerly of the Falkland islands.
...the extreme isolation of living in the westernmost part of the province.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.westerly - the winds from the west that occur in the temperate zones of the Earth
west wind, wester - wind that blows from west to east
Adj.1.westerly - of wind; from the west
west - situated in or facing or moving toward the west
2.westerly - moving toward the westwesterly - moving toward the west; "westbound pioneers"
west - situated in or facing or moving toward the west
Adv.1.westerly - toward the west; "we began to steer away westerly"- Daniel Defoe
2.westerly - from the west; "the wind blew westerly"
easterly - from the east; "the winds blew easterly all night"
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غَرْبي، من الغَرْبنَحْو الغَرْب
mod vest
vestanstæîurvestlægur, vestur-
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A. ADJ [wind] → del oeste
in a westerly directionhacia el oeste, rumbo al oeste, en dirección oeste
the most westerly point in Europeel punto más occidental or más al oeste de Europa
B. N (= wind) → viento m del oeste
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[ˈwɛstərli] adj
[situation] → à l'ouest
the most westerly point of Zimbabwe
BUT la pointe occidentale du Zimbabwe.
in a westerly direction → vers l'ouest
[wind] → d'ouest
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adjwestlich; westerly windWestwind m, → Wind maus westlicher Richtung; in a westerly directionin westlicher Richtung
n (= wind)Westwind m, → West m (poet)
advnach Westen
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[ˈwɛstəlɪ] adj (wind) → di ponente
in a westerly direction → verso ovest
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(west) noun
1. the direction in which the sun sets or any part of the earth lying in that direction. They travelled towards the west; The wind is blowing from the west; in the west of Britain.
2. (often with capital. also W) one of the four main points of the compass.
1. in the west. She's in the west wing of the hospital.
2. from the direction of the west. a west wind.
towards the west. The cliffs face west.
ˈwesterly adjective
1. (of a wind, breeze etc) coming from the west. a westerly wind.
2. looking, lying etc towards the west. moving in a westerly direction.
ˈwestern adjective
of the west or the West. Western customs/clothes.
a film or novel about the Wild West. Most westerns are about cowboys and Red Indians.
ˈwesternmost adjective
furthest west. the westernmost point.
ˈwestward adjective
towards the west. in a westward direction.
ˈwestward(s) adverb
towards the west. We journeyed westwards for two weeks.
go west
to become useless; to be destroyed. I'm afraid this jacket has finally gone west; That's all hopes of winning gone west.
the West
Europe and North and South America.
the Wild West
the western United States, before the establishment of law and order.
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