Also sea·wards. toward the sea: a storm moving seaward.


facing or tending toward the sea: a seaward course.
coming from the sea: a seaward wind.


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for seaward


Examples from the Web for seaward

Historical Examples of seaward

  • The wrack had thickened to seaward, and the coast was but a blurred line.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • Seaward from palace-haunts, in the moonshine glistened and darkened.


    William D. Howells

  • For a mile or so from seaward there was a uniform depth of water right up to the bar.

    End of the Tether

    Joseph Conrad

  • The man, looking fixedly to seaward, smiled at the ardour of her tone.

    The Rescue

    Joseph Conrad

  • Through the broken portion of the wall to seaward a man made his appearance.

    Red Cap Tales

    Samuel Rutherford Crockett

British Dictionary definitions for seaward



a variant of seawards


directed or moving towards the sea
(esp of a wind) coming from the sea
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