easterly

east, eastern, easterly
adjectives. What is said here applies equally to north, south, and west, and their corresponding forms. East denotes physical position (on the east side of town) and is spelt with a capital initial (East) when forming part of a recognized name (New York's East Side), whereas eastern denotes regional and cultural association (eastern forms of art). Easterly is used chiefly of a wind blowing from the east (an easterly wind / from an easterly direction), and also of movement towards the east or a position achieved by this movement (We took an easterly course / the most easterly part of the constellation).

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • Easterly — East er*ly, a. 1. Coming from the east; as, it was easterly wind. [1913 Webster] 2. Situated, directed, or moving toward the east; as, the easterly side of a lake; an easterly course or voyage. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Easterly — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Jamie Easterly (* 1953), US amerikanischer Baseballspieler William Easterly (* 1957), US amerikanischer Ökonom Diese Seite ist eine Begriffsklärung zur Unterscheidung mehrerer mit demselben Wort bezeich …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • easterly — 1540s (adj.); see EAST (Cf. east). As a noun meaning easterly wind, by 1901 …   Etymology dictionary

  • Easterly — East er*ly, adv. Toward, or in the direction of, the east. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • easterly — ► ADJECTIVE & ADVERB 1) in an eastward position or direction. 2) (of a wind) blowing from the east. ► NOUN ▪ a wind blowing from the east …   English terms dictionary

  • easterly — [ēs′tər lē] adj., adv. 1. in or toward the east 2. from the east, as a wind n. pl. easterlies a wind from the east …   English World dictionary

  • easterly — [[t]i͟ːstə(r)li[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n An easterly point, area, or direction is to the east or towards the east. He progressed slowly along the coast in an easterly direction. 2) ADJ: usu ADJ n An easterly wind is a wind that blows from… …   English dictionary

  • easterly — I UK [ˈiːstə(r)lɪ] / US [ˈɪstərlɪ] adjective 1) towards or in the east the easterly parts of Norfolk 2) an easterly wind blows from the east II UK [ˈiːstə(r)lɪ] / US [ˈɪstərlɪ] noun [countable] Word forms easterly : singular easterly plural… …   English dictionary

  • easterly — eas|ter|ly1 [ˈi:stəli US ərli] adj 1.) towards or in the east ▪ We drove off in an easterly direction . 2.) an easterly wind comes from the east easterly 2 easterly2 plural easterlies n a wind that comes from the east …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • easterly — 1 adjective 1 towards or in the east: an easterly course across the Pacific ocean 2 easterly winds come from the east: an easterly breeze 2 noun (C) a wind that blows from the east …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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