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  1. Also west·wards. toward the west; west: a train moving westward.
  1. the westward part, direction, or point: The wind had veered to the westward.

Origin of westward

before 900; Middle English; Old English westweard. See west, -ward
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Related Words for westward

westerly, westward, westbound, westernmost

Examples from the Web for westward

Contemporary Examples of westward

Historical Examples of westward

  • We camped near the sea, a few miles to the westward of Cape Pasley.

  • The wind was strong from the westward, accompanied with light showers all day.

  • The Start, and the point to the westward of it, were still to be cleared.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • It was in the dead of winter, and the winds hung to the westward for a long time.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • Once more we were in the by-road which had brought us westward parallel with the highway.

    The Cavalier

    George Washington Cable

British Dictionary definitions for westward


  1. moving, facing, or situated in the west
  1. Also: westwards towards the west
  1. the westward part, direction, etc; the west
Derived Formswestwardly, adjective, adverb
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Word Origin and History for westward

Old English westweard; see west + -ward.

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