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  1. Also earth·wards. toward the earth.
  1. directed toward the earth.

Origin of earthward

First recorded in 1350–1400, earthward is from the Middle English word ertheward. See earth, -ward
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Examples from the Web for earthward

Historical Examples

  • 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?

British Dictionary definitions for earthward


  1. directed towards the earth
  1. a variant of earthwards
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