downwind, lee

(adjective) towards the side away from the wind

lee, lee side, leeward

(noun) the side of something that is sheltered from the wind

Lee, Robert E. Lee, Robert Edward Lee

(noun) American general who led the Confederate Armies in the American Civil War (1807-1870)

Lee, Henry Lee, Lighthorse Harry Lee

(noun) soldier of the American Revolution (1756-1818)

Lee, Richard Henry Lee

(noun) leader of the American Revolution who proposed the resolution calling for independence of the American Colonies (1732-1794)

Lee, Tsung Dao Lee

(noun) United States physicist (born in China) who collaborated with Yang Chen Ning in disproving the principle of conservation of parity (born in 1926)

Lee, Bruce Lee, Lee Yuen Kam

(noun) United States actor who was an expert in kung fu and starred in martial arts films (1941-1973)

Lee, Gypsy Rose Lee, Rose Louise Hovick

(noun) United States striptease artist who became famous on Broadway in the 1930s (1914-1970)

Lee, Spike Lee, Shelton Jackson Lee

(noun) United States filmmaker whose works explore the richness of black culture in America (born in 1957)

Source: WordNet® 3.1

Etymology 1

Proper noun


An English topographic surname for someone who lived near a meadow (the Anglo-Saxon for meadow being ley or leag).

A unisex given name

A male given name derived from the surname, masculine of Leigh

A female given name popular in conjoined names such as Lee Ann or Mary Lee.

A placename, for example

A river in England, United Kingdom.

A neighborhood near the village of Berrynarbor, Devon, England, United Kingdom.

A suburb of Lewisham borough, London, England, United Kingdom.

A village in Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom, commonly known as The Lee.

A river in Cork, Ireland.

A former settlement in Inyo County, California, United States.

A town in Madison County, Florida, United States.

A village in DeKalb County and Lee County, Illinois, United States.

An unincorporated community in Monon Township, White County, Indiana, United States.

A town in Penobscot County, Maine, United States.

A town in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States.

An unincorporated community in Elko County, Nevada, United States.

A town in Strafford County, New Hampshire, United States.

A town and village in Oneida County, New York, United States.

Etymology 2

Borrowed from an East Asian language

Proper noun

Lee (plural er-noun)

A surname of Chinese origin. Alternative form of Li, a transcription of 李 () and other less common names such as 黎 () and 理 ()

A surname of Korean origin. Alternative form of Rhee (Hanja: 李; Hangul: 이 & 리)

Etymology 3

A diminutive

Proper noun

Lee (plural er-noun)

A male nickname for names such as Leo and Leroy


• According to the 2010 United States Census, Lee is the 21st most common surname in the United States, belonging to 702,625 individuals. Lee is most common among Asian/Pacific Islander (42.4%), White (36.0%) and Black/African American (16.3%) individuals.


• ELE, eel

Etymology 1


lee (plural lees)

(sailing) A protected cove or harbor, out of the wind.

(sailing) The side of the ship away from the wind.

A sheltered place, especially a place protected from the wind by some object; the side sheltered from the wind (see also leeside); shelter; protection.


• (geology) stoss

• (nautical) weather, windward


lee (not comparable)

(sailing, geology) Facing away from the flow of a fluid, usually air.

Etymology 2


lee (uncountable)

(obsolete) Lees; dregs.


• ELE, eel

Source: Wiktionary

Lee, v

Definition: , i, To lie; to speak falsely. [Obs.] Chaucer.

Lee, n.; pl. Lees. Etym: [F. lie, perh. fr. L. levare to lift up, raise. Cf. Lever.]

Definition: That which settles at the bottom, as, of a cask of liquor (esp. wine); sediment; dregs; -- used now only in the plural. [Lees occurs also as a form of the singular.] "The lees of wine." Holland. A thousand demons lurk within the lee. Young. The wine of life is drawn, and the mere lees Is left this vault to brag of. Shak.

Lee, n. Etym: [OE. lee shelter, Icel. hl, akin to AS. hleó, hleów, shelter, protection, OS. hlèo, D. lij lee, Sw. lä, Dan. læ.]

1. A sheltered place; esp., a place; protected from the wind by some object; the side sheltered from the wind; shelter; protection; as, the lee of a mountain, an island, or a ship. We lurked under lee. Morte d'Arthure. Desiring me to take shelter in his lee. Tyndall.

2. (Naut.)

Definition: That part of the hemisphere, as one stands on shipboard, toward which the wind blows. See Lee, a. By the lee, To bring by the lee. See under By, and Bring.

– Under the lee of, on that side which is sheltered from the wind; as, to be under the lee of a ship.

Lee, a. (Naut.)

Definition: Of or pertaining to the part or side opposite to that against which the wind blows; -- opposed to weather; as, the lee side or lee rail of a vessel. Lee gauge. See Gauge, n. (Naut.) -- Lee shore, the shore on the lee side of a vessel.

– Lee tide, a tide running in the same direction that the wind blows.

– On the lee beam, directly to the leeward; in a line at right angles to the length of the vessel and to the leeward.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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