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westward

[west-werd] /ˈwɛst wərd/
adjective
1.
moving, bearing, facing, or situated toward the west:
a westward migration of farm workers.
adverb
2.
Also, westwards. toward the west; west:
a train moving westward.
noun
3.
the westward part, direction, or point:
The wind had veered to the westward.
Origin of westward
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English westweard. See west, -ward
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  • Kingsley, in one of the most remarkable passages of westward Ho!

    Among Famous Books John Kelman
  • It was in the dead of winter, and the winds hung to the westward for a long time.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • To westward; the last of the spent day—rust-red and pearl, illimitable levels of shore waiting for the tide to turn again.

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

    The Cavalier George Washington Cable
  • Before leaving the Ponds I shall try once more to the westward—starting from a point three miles west of my first camp on them.

  • On his westward journey to camp Stanley Fyles did a good deal of thinking.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • To the westward the land was better and the people well-to-do; but we went oftenest toward the hills and among the poorer people.

  • Burst into tears and embraced, and turned their dim eyes to the westward.

    Poems William D. Howells
British Dictionary definitions for westward

westward

/ˈwɛstwəd/
adjective
1.
moving, facing, or situated in the west
adverb
2.
Also westwards. towards the west
noun
3.
the westward part, direction, etc; the west
Derived Forms
westwardly, adjective, adverb
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Word Origin and History for westward
adv.

Old English westweard; see west + -ward.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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westward in the Bible

sea-ward, i.e., toward the Mediterranean (Deut. 3:27).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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