downwind [doun-wind] ExamplesWord Origin adverb

  1. in the direction toward which the wind is blowing: We coasted downwind.
  2. on or toward the lee side: The lion was running downwind of us and caught our scent.


  1. moving downwind: a downwind current.
  2. situated on or toward the lee side: The downwind halyard blew outboard.

Compare upwind. Origin of downwind First recorded in 1850–55; down1 + wind1 Examples from the Web for downwind Contemporary Examples of downwind

  • Poison comes out of a smokestack and, downwind, birds fall from the sky.

    Green Politics Has to Get More Radical, Because Anything Less Is Impractical

    Jedediah Purdy

    April 26, 2014

  • Historical Examples of downwind

  • And when a buffalo ran, he ran into the wind, not downwind, like the deer.

    The Young Alaskans on the Missouri

    Emerson Hough

  • But they were downwind from it and it went elsewhere in search of prey.

    A World Called Crimson

    Darius John Granger

  • Saltation is downwind movement of particles in a series of jumps or skips.


    A. S. Walker

  • Note that this was downwind for him, and that rhinoceroses usually escape upwind.

    The Land of Footprints

    Stewart Edward White

  • Well, just remember this then, never make a downwind landing with a seaplane in a wind blowing over eighteen miles an hour.

    Dorothy Dixon Wins Her Wings

    Dorothy Wayne

  • British Dictionary definitions for downwind downwind adverb, adjective

    1. in the same direction towards which the wind is blowing; with the wind from behind
    2. towards or on the side away from the wind; leeward

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