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Example image showing definitions of windward (upwind) and leeward (downwind).

Windward is the direction upwind from the point of reference. Leeward is the direction downwind (or downward) from the point of reference. The side of a ship that is towards the leeward is its lee side. If the vessel is heeling under the pressure of the wind, this will be the "lower side". During the age of sail, the term weather was used as a synonym for windward in some contexts, as in the weather gage.


Windward and leeward sections
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Example image showing definitions of windward (upwind) and leeward (downwind).

Windward is the direction upwind from the point of reference. Leeward is the direction downwind (or downward) from the point of reference. The side of a ship that is towards the leeward is its lee side. If the vessel is heeling under the pressure of the wind, this will be the "lower side". During the age of sail, the term weather was used as a synonym for windward in some contexts, as in the weather gage.


Windward and leeward sections
Intro  Pronunciation  Origin  Meteorological significance  Other significance  See also  Notes  External links  

PREVIOUS: IntroNEXT: Pronunciation
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