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northward

[nawrth-werd; Nautical nawr-th erd] /ˈnɔrθ wərd; Nautical ˈnɔr ðərd/
adverb
1.
Also, northwards, northwardly. toward the north.
adjective
2.
Also, northwardly. moving, bearing, facing, or situated toward the north.
noun
3.
the northward part, direction, or point.
Origin
1100
before 1100; Middle English; Old English northweard. See north, -ward
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British Dictionary definitions for northwards

northwards

/ˈnɔːθwədz/
adverb
1.
towards the north

northward

/ˈnɔːθwəd; nautical ˈnɔːðəd/
adjective
1.
moving, facing, or situated towards the north
noun
2.
the northward part, direction, etc; the north
adverb
3.
a variant of northwards
Derived Forms
northwardly, adjective, adverb
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Word Origin and History for northwards

northward

adv.

Old English norðweard; see north + -ward. Related: Northwards.

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northwards in the Bible

(Heb. tsaphon), a "hidden" or "dark place," as opposed to the sunny south (Deut. 3:27). A Hebrew in speaking of the points of the compass was considered as always having his face to the east, and hence "the left hand" (Gen. 14:15; Job 23:9) denotes the north. The "kingdoms of the north" are Chaldea, Assyria, Media, etc.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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