[ urth-werd ]
See synonyms for earthward on
  1. Also earthwards. toward the earth.

  1. directed toward the earth.

Origin of earthward

First recorded in 1350–1400, earthward is from the Middle English word ertheward.See earth, -ward

Words Nearby earthward Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use earthward in a sentence

  • The black cloud would float earthward, and Heno would stop and have a word with the mother and the boy.

  • Something moved down on the river bank and in that same instant the box hurtled earthward as might a spear.

    Star Born | Andre Norton
  • He saw it open and sail earthward and then some one on the ground waved a white handkerchief.

    Tam O' The Scoots | Edgar Wallace
  • So he eased his plane earthward, gliding lower and lower, and waiting for the flare.

    The Flying Reporter | Lewis E. (Lewis Edwin) Theiss
  • For he had turned his horse loose, and the blunderbuss, which he had been holding horizontally, was now dropped earthward.

    Carmen | Prosper Merimee

British Dictionary definitions for earthward


/ (ˈɜːθwəd) /

  1. directed towards the earth

  1. a variant of earthwards

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