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The windward side of the island gets more rain.
  the direction from which the wind is coming
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Strongly Associated with:   leeward
When someone refers to a "north wind", they are saying that "windward" is north.
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  • The windward side of the island gets more rain.
  • Stay on the windward side of a backfire.
  • Boy, you got to put ash and lime always windward to the tree.
    Robert Newton Peck  --  A Day No Pigs Would Die
  • The air moved a little faster and became a light wind, so that leeward and windward side were clearly differentiated.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies

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  • This order was also executed; and the vessel passed, as Dantes had predicted, twenty fathoms to windward.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • If you would on’y lay your course, and a p’int to windward, you would ride in carriages, you would.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • Steal soft from lap to lap, —A little great man in a circle small, Or navigate, with madrigals for sails, Blown gently windward by old ladies’ sighs?
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • After she had bestowed her veil, the nereid dove like a gull to windward where a dark waveside closed over her whiteness.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Paul flicked it and saw a neat shed addition which ran the length of the house on its windward side.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • Full of fine spirits, they invariably come from the breezy billows to windward.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick

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  • Stuart and I gathered up our boots and all our clothing and then positioned ourselves on the windward side of the shelter.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • Then we sat High on the ridge to windward of the stench, While each man kept he fellow alert and rated Roundly the sluggard if he chanced to nap.
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • You can see by the way it’s wind-cut that’s the windward face.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Near two o’clock in the morning, the core of light reappeared, no less intense, five miles to windward of the Abraham Lincoln.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • We got the starboard tacks aboard, we cast off our weather-braces and lifts; we set in the lee-braces, and hauled forward by the weatherbowlings, and hauled them tight, and belayed them, and hauled over the mizen tack to windward, and kept her full and by as near as she would lie.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • "There may be a settlement on the windward side of the island, then," said the captain.
    Kenneth Oppel  --  Airborn
  • Signal Bristol and Fife to stay to windward of us.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • Reef to windward!
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Kidnapped
  • As for Captain Vere, he for the time stood unconsciously with his back toward them, apparently in one of his absent fits, gazing out from a sashed port-hole to windward upon the monotonous blank of the twilight sea.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • Gentile or Jew O you who turn the wheel and look windward, Consider Phlebas, who was once handsome and tall as you.
    T.S. Eliot  --  The Waste Land
  • He dropped his grapnel, as soon as he found the Ark had drifted in a line that was directly to windward of the rock.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • It glowed on the windward side, rising and falling in intensity, like the coal of a cigar.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • The pause was filled up by the intonation of a pollard thorn a little way to windward, the breezes filtering through its unyielding twigs as through a strainer.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • The noble Mouse would creep away from the merry circle at the camp fire and sit down by the dragon’s head, well to the windward to be out of the way of his smoky breath.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Voyage of the Dawn Trader
  • Let us get to windward and see what they are doing on the other side of the bonfire.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Earth’s Holocaust
  • The snow had rizen onto the windward side of rocks and trees, where it gleamed like lacquer.
    Geraldine Brooks  --  Year of Wonders
  • ’They watched in the dark with their heads half turned to windward as if expecting to hear cries.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • Unconscious of my blunder, I passed by Wolf Larsen and the hunter and flung the ashes over the side to windward.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • As Dandelion ended, Acorn, who was on the windward side of the little group, suddenly started and sat back, with ears up and nostrils twitching.
    Richard Adams  --  Watership Down
  • The cunning knave is paddling dead to windward, and the Scud can never overtake him!
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • Not the Windward or Leeward Island colonies, mark you, but within, of course, the Greater of the two Antilles (while the precision of my prose may be, at times, laborious, it is necessary that I identify myself to you clearly).
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • Lawrence Selden was among the passengers sailing this afternoon for Havana and the West Indies on the Windward Liner Antilles.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • It had been arranged that we would leave Spanish Town immediately after the ceremony and spend some weeks in one of the Windward Islands, at a small estate which had belonged to Antoinette’s mother.
    Jean Rhys  --  Wide Sargasso Sea
  • When Captain Shaw was coming home,—if, as I say, it was Shaw,—rather to the surprise of everybody they made one of the Windward Islands, and lay off and on for nearly a week.
    Edward E. Hale  --  The Man Without a Country
  • "Do you know about the Leeward and Windward Islands?" he asked me.
    Roger Zelazny  --  My Name is Legion
  • As she edged round the keep, she must have got to windward and smelt his cigar-smoke, for she exclaimed, "Hullo!
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • On the wall beyond the counter a list of nearby "Out Isles" was next to a larger column of the well-known Leeward and Windward Islands from St. Kitts and Nevis south to the Grenadines.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • …Brandywine, Hohenlinden, Salamis, and the Wilderness had been fought both by land and by sea; Hippias had been expelled from Athens by the Alcaemonidae and the Lacedaemonians; Simonides, Menander, Strabo, Moschus, and Pindar had closed their earthly accounts; the beatified Eusebius, Athanasius, and Chrysostom had gone to their celestial niches; Menkaura had built the Third Pyramid; Aspalta had led victorious armies; the remote Bermudas, Malta, and the Windward Isles had been colonized.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • …he lies, We approach stealthy and silent, I see the mountainous mass, lethargic, basking, I see the harpooneer standing up, I see the weapon dart from his vigorous arm; O swift again far out in the ocean the wounded whale, settling, running to windward, tows me, Again I see him rise to breathe, we row close again, I see a lance driven through his side, press’d deep, turn’d in the wound, Again we back off, I see him settle again, the life is leaving him fast, As he rises he spouts…
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • At 10:50 in the evening, that electric light reappeared three miles to windward of the frigate, just as clear and intense as the night before.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • From regarding me curiously, he turned his head and glanced out over the leaden sea to windward.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • Tiny animals—worms, insects—rode ashore on tree trunks snatched from islands to windward.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • When he was half-way out, the Ghost took a long roll to windward and back again into the hollow between two seas.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • Closing the slide to windward, he turned to open the other; on second thoughts the farmer considered that he would first sit down leaving both closed for a minute or two, till the temperature of the hut was a little raised.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • In shape, the Sleet’s crow’s-nest is something like a large tierce or pipe; it is open above, however, where it is furnished with a movable side-screen to keep to windward of your head in a hard gale.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Here have I been unconsciously toiling, not pleasuring—aye, and ignorantly smoking to windward all the while; to windward, and with such nervous whiffs, as if, like the dying whale, my final jets were the strongest and fullest of trouble.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • He stepped out onto the windward face of the dune, following the curve of it, moved with a dragging pace.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Ryan saw the Bristol and Fife holding station to windward.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • This little estate in the Windward Islands is part of the family property and Antoinette is much attached to it.
    Jean Rhys  --  Wide Sargasso Sea
  • Here have I been unconsciously toiling, not pleasuring—aye, and ignorantly smoking to windward all the while; to windward, and with such nervous whiffs, as if, like the dying whale, my final jets were the strongest and fullest of trouble.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
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