Meaning of upwind in English:


Pronunciation /ʌpˈwɪnd/

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  • In the opposite direction to that in which the wind is blowing; against the wind.

    ‘you learn how to sail upwind’
    • ‘the resort town lies five miles upwind of the power station’
    • ‘Drive perpendicular to the direction of the prevalent winds and begin upwind from the area of active soil erosion.’
    • ‘For the flight experiments, two odour sources were placed at the upwind end of the wind tunnel.’
    • ‘These ships were especially effective when sailing upwind or to windward.’
    • ‘Wind strength was also variable resulting in different upwind courses being taken for all four races.’
    • ‘If there is an attack, leave the area and go upwind, or to the sides of the wind stream.’
    • ‘The tide was still ebbing furiously and the course lay once again upwind, and for a few minutes I amused some onlooking fisherman by not making any headway at all.’
    • ‘Troops would have been stationed upwind of the explosion so would not have suffered any significant radioactive fall-out, though there may have been a small risk of exposure.’
    • ‘Because of this, I'd never live upwind of a pulp mill.’
    • ‘You'll hear sounds originating upwind from your house better than those originating closer to home on the downwind side.’
    • ‘And a medical colleague of his, Dr Alan Preece, says lung cancer is more common downwind of power lines than upwind.’
    • ‘The French team, which has struggled this week, sailed a strong race, with a good start, and a solid upwind leg.’
    • ‘A few minutes later, we reached the edge of the woods upwind of the dump and gasped clean air.’
    • ‘Sailing back as the day cools, I take the boat out through the anchored yachts and begin the upwind journey home.’
    • ‘Does it make sense for us to promote and increase industrial development upwind?’
    • ‘All of us like to fly downwind because it's easier and there is some room for errors but everybody agrees the ability to fly upwind is an important skill which should be tested and rewarded.’
    • ‘The difference in ride going upwind and downwind was enormous, demonstrating the need to assess weather conditions for an offshore trip with a boat full of potentially tired divers.’
    • ‘Remaining upwind, above ground level, and in a sealed room with an adequate air supply, will provide protection for civilians - if they have time to prepare.’
    • ‘‘I remember standing up, looking upwind and seeing someone face down in the water,’ Matthew remembers.’
    • ‘When they browse they move upwind, carefully sniffing and sifting the air for danger, their sharp-sighted eyes constantly on the alert.’
    • ‘As he approached from upwind, I caught a whiff of scent.’


  • Situated or moving in the opposite direction to that in which the wind is blowing.

    ‘team NZ was comfortably ahead at half way on the upwind leg’
    • ‘you can buffer the upwind side with a hedge’