1. lying, facing, or tending toward the land or away from the coast.
  2. being in the direction of the land: a landward breeze.

Origin of landward

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425; see origin at land, -ward Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for landward

Historical Examples of landward

  • Each end curved into a scroll like a landward wave of the sea.

    Bride of the Mistletoe

    James Lane Allen

  • The curtains were drawn on the landward side, and those toward the sea open.

    The Woman-Haters

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Once the dunes were gained, their landward side was sheltered.

    Janet of the Dunes

    Harriet T. Comstock

  • However, Captain Mayo kept his own gaze most steadfastly on the landward horizon.

  • To obviate this a screen has been placed on the landward side of the lantern.

    The Cornwall Coast

    Arthur L. Salmon

British Dictionary definitions for landward


  1. lying, facing, or moving towards land
  2. in the direction of the land
  1. a variant of landwards
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