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 landwards

Historical Examples of landwards

  • The hurl of the sea is landwards, and their life-belts will float them.

  • Landwards, the loop of railway round the Frisian peninsula would form the line of communication in rear of the seven streams.

    The Riddle of the Sands

    Erskine Childers

  • Landwards the hills like piles of ash in the moonlight, and far away a cloudy inkling of mountains.

British Dictionary definitions for landwards



  1. towards land


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