The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Lee \Lee\, n. [OE. lee shelter, Icel. hl[=e], akin to AS.
hle['o], hle['o]w, shelter, protection, OS. hl[`e]o, D. lij
lee, Sw. l[aum], Dan. l[ae].]
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
We lurked under lee. --Morte
Desiring me to take shelter in his lee. --Tyndall.
2. (Naut.) 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
Under the lee of, on that side which is sheltered from the
wind; as, to be under the lee of a ship.