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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-
batıdanbatıdan gelen/esenbatıya doğru


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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References in classic literature ?
The end of the day is the time to gaze at the kingly face of the Westerly Weather, who is the arbiter of ships' destinies.
The sky of the westerly weather is full of flying clouds, of great big white clouds coming thicker and thicker till they seem to stand welded into a solid canopy, upon whose gray face the lower wrack of the gale, thin, black and angry-looking, flies past with vertiginous speed.
But the wind was light, the Pyrenees' bottom was foul, and she could not beat up against the strong westerly current.
Every summer she would fear lest the well should give out, every winter lest the pipes should freeze; every westerly gale might blow the wych-elm down and bring the end of all things, and so she could not read or talk during a westerly gale.
Next was Tashtego, an unmixed Indian from Gay Head, the most westerly promontory of Martha's Vineyard, where there still exists the last remnant of a village of red men, which has long supplied the neighboring island of Nantucket with many of her most daring harpooneers.
This passed, the frigate took a more decided westerly direction, and scoured the central waters of the Pacific.
Westerly winds had prevailed during the spring and the early part of the summer, and been succeeded by fresh breezes from the northwest.
The business-like air with which two of them will join hands and proceed due east at a break-neck toddle, while an excitable big sister is roaring for them to follow her in a westerly direction, is most amusing--except, perhaps, for the big sister.
Though it was no good point of sailing for the Covenant, she tore through the seas at a great rate, pitching and straining, and pursued by the westerly swell.
A hasty survey of the interior revealed no ammunition; but in one corner was a box in which were packed the Swede's personal belongings that he had sent along by his headman to this westerly camp.
At the southern base of this mountain a river rose and ran in a westerly direction, finally turning south and emptying into the Sojar Az some forty miles northeast of Thuria.
We then set sail, and had a good voyage till we passed the Straits of Madagascar; but having got northward of that island, and to about five degrees south latitude, the winds, which in those seas are observed to blow a constant equal gale between the north and west, from the beginning of December to the beginning of May, on the 19th of April began to blow with much greater violence, and more westerly than usual, continuing so for twenty days together: during which time, we were driven a little to the east of the Molucca Islands, and about three degrees northward of the line, as our captain found by an observation he took the 2nd of May, at which time the wind ceased, and it was a perfect calm, whereat I was not a little rejoiced.