[ see-werd ]
See synonyms for seaward on
  1. Also seawards. toward the sea: a storm moving seaward.

  1. facing or tending toward the sea: a seaward course.

  2. coming from the sea: a seaward wind.

  1. the direction toward the sea or away from the land.

Origin of seaward

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at sea, -ward

Words Nearby seaward Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use seaward in a sentence

  • On passing the cape two reefs were seen to seaward, which had previously escaped our notice.

  • They stood out of the harbour and headed down the coast of the island, which extended seaward thus for some four miles.

    The Rival Campers Afloat | Ruel Perley Smith
  • It was three stories high, the top story opened to seaward, with its lanterns and tin reflectors.

    The Belted Seas | Arthur Colton
  • At four o'clock I was out upon the quay, straining my eyes seaward for any sign of smoke, but could see nothing.

    The Czar's Spy | William Le Queux
  • It was different with the poor fellows on the Lighthouse, eighteen miles to seaward of us, to the south-west.

    Wandering Heath | Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

British Dictionary definitions for seaward


/ (ˈsiːwəd) /

  1. a variant of seawards

  1. directed or moving towards the sea

  2. (esp of a wind) coming from the sea

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