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[west-werd] /ˈwɛst wərd/
moving, bearing, facing, or situated toward the west:
a westward migration of farm workers.
Also, westwards. toward the west; west:
a train moving westward.
the westward part, direction, or point:
The wind had veered to the westward.
Origin of westward
before 900; Middle English; Old English westweard. See west, -ward Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Kingsley, in one of the most remarkable passages of westward Ho!

    Among Famous Books John Kelman
  • The boat was therefore hoisted in, and sail made to the westward.

    Captain Cook W.H.G. Kingston
  • To westward; the last of the spent day—rust-red and pearl, illimitable levels of shore waiting for the tide to turn again.

  • Hilperik reigned north and westward of the Loire in Neustria.

    The Story of Rouen Sir Theodore Andrea Cook
  • Before leaving the Ponds I shall try once more to the westward—starting from a point three miles west of my first camp on them.

  • On the 20th they anchored in the bay of St. Sebastian, half a league to the westward of Cadiz.

    Raleigh Edmund Gosse
  • To the westward the land was better and the people well-to-do; but we went oftenest toward the hills and among the poorer people.

  • He just nodded to her when she came in, and then bent his head over "westward Ho!"

    The Children of Wilton Chase Mrs. L. T. Meade
British Dictionary definitions for westward


moving, facing, or situated in the west
Also westwards. towards the west
the westward part, direction, etc; the west
Derived Forms
westwardly, adjective, adverb
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Word Origin and History for westward

Old English westweard; see west + -ward.

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

sea-ward, i.e., toward the Mediterranean (Deut. 3:27).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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