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[west-werd] /ˈwɛst wərd/
moving, bearing, facing, or situated toward the west:
a westward migration of farm workers.
Also, westwards. toward the west; west:
a train moving westward.
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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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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


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

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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