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headward

/ˈhɛdwəd/
adjective
1.
(of river erosion) cutting backwards or upstream above the original source, which recedes
adverb
2.
a variant of headwards

headwards

/ˈhɛdwədz/
adverb
1.
backwards beyond the original source: a river erodes headwards
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