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  1. Also sea·wards. toward the sea: a storm moving seaward.
  1. facing or tending toward the sea: a seaward course.
  2. coming from the sea: a seaward wind.
  1. the direction toward the sea or away from the land.

Origin of seaward

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at sea, -ward
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Examples from the Web for seawards

Historical Examples

  • Seawards first and then on shipboard, and so to the shores that are calling me!

    The Wind in the Willows

    Kenneth Grahame

  • It is through this opening that the best view of the cone is obtained from seawards.

  • For a moment the line hung slack, as a great back-wave lifted the boat on its crest and carried it seawards.

    Roger Ingleton, Minor

    Talbot Baines Reed

  • On the 21st at day light, we saw off to seawards a low island of which the Moorish pilot had been afraid in the night.

  • It was founded by the late Messrs. Seawards, above sixty years ago.

British Dictionary definitions for seawards



  1. towards the sea


  1. a variant of seawards
  1. directed or moving towards the sea
  2. (esp of a wind) coming from the sea
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