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[urth-werd] /ˈɜrθ wərd/
Also, earthwards. toward the earth.
directed toward the earth.
Origin of earthward
First recorded in 1350-1400, earthward is from the Middle English word ertheward. See earth, -ward Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • You cannot conceive it; it could not be done, the earthward hold is so strong.

    Things as They Are Amy Wilson-Carmichael
  • One of her training too—suspended in mid air—not an earthward glance.

  • In another moment a score of willing hands were tugging it earthward.

    The War in the Air Herbert George Wells
  • There is light, even from the earthward side, upon this dark river, love!


    Marion Harland
  • Can woman with her immortality be happy when its drawings are all earthward?

  • We had partly circled the Moon so as now to approach it from the earthward side.

    Brigands of the Moon Ray Cummings
  • Thus "earthward," and not heavenward, "all things" in the family of the drunkard have a tendency.

  • The monk's watery eyes were rolled upward in pious disapproval, before he turned them earthward with a sigh of resignation.

    The Ward of King Canute Ottilie A. Liljencrantz
  • It was no desire for a purer justice or wiser laws that hurried Ithuriel earthward.

    The Revolt of the Angels Anatole France
  • Aiming it toward the stars, opposite earth, its reactive blasts shoved me earthward, thanks to Newton.

    Shipwreck in the Sky Eando Binder
British Dictionary definitions for earthward


directed towards the earth
a variant of earthwards
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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