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[south-werd; Nautical suhth -erd] /ˈsaʊθ wərd; Nautical ˈsʌð ərd/
moving, bearing, facing, or situated toward the south.
coming from the south, as a wind.
Also, southwards. toward the south; south.
the southward part, direction, or point.
Origin of southward
before 900; Middle English; Old English sūth weard. See south, -ward Unabridged
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  • A gleam of hope shone in the young brave's breast, and, worn with sorrow as he was, he armed himself and set off southward.

  • All we have to do is to keep moving to the southward, and keep a sharp lookout for the chase.

    Up the River Oliver Optic
  • He was knocked senseless, and when he came to himself they were all out on the southward prairie.

    A Soldier's Trial Charles King
  • "We are bound to the southward, coming down from St. Johns bar," I replied.

    Up the River Oliver Optic
  • Our aero was drifting downward and southward in the slight wind.

  • The wind had hauled still more to the southward, and even to the east of south.

    Up the River Oliver Optic
  • To the southward it narrows to a point, presenting abrupt edges, which in some places drop into almost fathomless water.

    The Sea Rovers Rufus Rockwell Wilson
  • "The storm won't last long, as it comes from the southward," he added.

    Up the River Oliver Optic
  • While that to the southward,” urged Lumley, “is so soft and beautiful—so full of poetry and romance.

    The Big Otter R.M. Ballantyne
  • And I notice, also, that she has swung with her head to the southward.

    A Middy of the King Harry Collingwood
British Dictionary definitions for southward


/ˈsaʊθwəd; nautical ˈsʌðəd/
situated, directed, or moving towards the south
the southward part, direction, etc; the south
a variant of southwards
Derived Forms
southwardly, adjective, adverb
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Word Origin and History for southward

Old English suðweard; see south + -ward.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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