Also east·wards. toward the east.


moving, bearing, facing, or situated toward the east.


the eastward part, direction, or point.

Origin of eastward

before 850; Middle English estward, Old English ēasteweard. See east, -ward
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Related Words for eastward

east, easterly, eastward

Examples from the Web for eastward

Contemporary Examples of eastward

  • Strong currents and winds, however, mean any debris could be drifting up to 31 miles a day eastward, away from the impact zone.

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    Wreckage, Bodies of AirAsia Crash Found

    Lennox Samuels

    December 30, 2014

  • Also, the Bible clearly places the Garden of Eden “eastward,” near the Mesopotamian empire of Sumer.

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    The Truth About Genesis

    Bruce Feiler

    September 18, 2009

Historical Examples of eastward

British Dictionary definitions for eastward



situated or directed towards the east


a variant of eastwards


the eastward part, direction, etc
Derived Formseastwardly, adverb, adjective
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Word Origin and History for eastward

Old English eastwærde; see east + -ward.

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