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Etymology 1Edit

up- +‎ wind


upwind (comparative more upwind, superlative most upwind)

  1. exposed to the wind


upwind (comparative more upwind, superlative most upwind)

  1. in the direction from which the wind is blowing

Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English upwinden, equivalent to up- +‎ wind (verb).


upwind (third-person singular simple present upwinds, present participle upwinding, simple past and past participle upwound)

  1. (transitive, archaic) To wind upwards.
    • William Jay Smith, The Tempest
      The cries of all on board were drowned in wind,
      And wind in thunder drowned;
      With useless sails upwound.
  2. (transitive, archaic) To wind up (a mechanism).
    • Charlotte Mary Yonge, The Disturbing Element, Or, Chronicles of the Blue-Bell Society
      Tell me not of a huge machine, / Going like a clock upwound; / All measured out each space between, / Marked out each weary round.