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[ee-ster-lee] /ˈi stər li/

moving, directed, or situated toward the east:
an easterly course.
(especially of a wind) coming from the east:
an easterly gale.
toward the east.
from the east.
noun, plural easterlies.
a wind that blows from the east.
of, relating to, or situated in the east
adverb, adjective
towards or in the direction of the east
from the east: an easterly wind
noun (pl) -lies
a wind from the east

1540s, from easter (late 14c.), variant of eastern + -ly (2). As a noun meaning “easterly wind,” by 1901. Old English easterlic meant “pertaining to Easter.”
A wind, especially a prevailing wind, that blows from the east. The trade winds in tropical regions and the prevailing winds in the polar regions are easterlies. See illustration at wind.


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