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northward

[nawrth-werd; Nautical nawr-th erd]
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adverb
  1. Also north·wards, north·ward·ly. toward the north.
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adjective
  1. Also north·ward·ly. moving, bearing, facing, or situated toward the north.
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noun
  1. the northward part, direction, or point.
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Origin of northward

before 1100; Middle English; Old English northweard. See north, -ward
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Examples from the Web for northwards

Historical Examples

  • They struggle on northwards, however, and have travelled a degree of latitude.

    From Pole to Pole

    Sven Anders Hedin

  • She twisted and turned now southwards, now west, now northwards.

    Priscilla's Spies

    George A. Birmingham

  • Greaves has been seen on the coast with a wind fair for the northwards.

  • It diminishes to the northwards, but even at Chittagong it is over 104 in.

  • They lived on coasts and islands of the Atlantic from Mass., northwards.

    Bird Guide

    Chester A. Reed


British Dictionary definitions for northwards

northwards

northward

adverb
  1. towards the north
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northward

adjective
  1. moving, facing, or situated towards the north
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noun
  1. the northward part, direction, etc; the north
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adverb
  1. a variant of northwards
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Derived Formsnorthwardly, adjective, adverb
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Word Origin and History for northwards

northward

adv.

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

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