—adj. 1. moving, directed, or situated toward the west: the westerly end of the field. 2. (esp. of a wind) coming from the west: a westerly gale.
—adv. 1. toward the west: to escape westerly. 2. from the west: a sharp wind blowing westerly.
—n. 1. a wind that blows from the west: an occasional westerly that pommeled the island. 2. westerlies,(used with a pl. v.) any semipermanent belt of westerly winds, esp. those that prevail at latitudes lying between the tropical and polar regions of the earth.
Pronunciation: (wes'tur-lē),[key] —n. a town in SW Rhode Island. 18,580.