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[nawrth-werd; Nautical nawr-th erd] /ˈnɔrθ wərd; Nautical ˈnɔr ðərd/
Also, northwards, northwardly. toward the north.
Also, northwardly. moving, bearing, facing, or situated toward the north.
the northward part, direction, or point.
Origin of northward
before 1100; Middle English; Old English northweard. See north, -ward Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • They fought death in a land of thirst northward, ever northward.

    Dust of the Desert Robert Welles Ritchie
  • She has headed to the northward, and we will see what we can do on the same tack.

    Up the River Oliver Optic
  • The advance of Lee northward, made it necessary to mass all the troops that were in the vicinity Washington, to meet him.

  • As yet he had been unable to alter his course, and steer more to the northward.

  • The Saint George now sailed for the northward, and, to the great joy of the crew, espied the Manilla galleon.

    Notable Voyagers W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
  • I expect they have either died out or emigrated to the northward.

    Tessa Louis Becke
  • Jack accordingly raised the binoculars and swept the northward section of the country.

    Boy Scouts Mysterious Signal G. Harvey Ralphson
  • When last seen, she was in a chase of another fleet of pirates to the northward.

    The Three Midshipmen W.H.G. Kingston
  • We took to the boat, and running along the coast had some delightful sea-views to the northward of the castle.

British Dictionary definitions for northward


/ˈnɔːθwəd; nautical ˈnɔːðəd/
moving, facing, or situated towards the north
the northward part, direction, etc; the north
a variant of northwards
Derived Forms
northwardly, adjective, adverb
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Word Origin and History for northward

Old English norðweard; see north + -ward. Related: Northwards.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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northward in the Bible

(Heb. tsaphon), a "hidden" or "dark place," as opposed to the sunny south (Deut. 3:27). A Hebrew in speaking of the points of the compass was considered as always having his face to the east, and hence "the left hand" (Gen. 14:15; Job 23:9) denotes the north. The "kingdoms of the north" are Chaldea, Assyria, Media, etc.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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