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southward

[south-werd; Nautical suhth -erd] /ˈsaʊθ wərd; Nautical ˈsʌð ərd/
adjective
1.
moving, bearing, facing, or situated toward the south.
2.
coming from the south, as a wind.
adverb
3.
Also, southwards. toward the south; south.
noun
4.
the southward part, direction, or point.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English sūth weard. See south, -ward
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Examples from the web for southward
  • The river slips southward with barely a murmur, unnoticed by many who live nearby.
  • The cold, sinking water eventually closes the conveyor belt by flowing southward and resurfacing.
  • In the winter, the winds reversed from northward to southward, a seasonal clock as regular as the length of the day.
  • It crept southward on the pathways of the deep groundwater.
  • The cloud billowed southward, over the river, enveloping everything in the dust and debris of blown-apart lives.
  • The convoy roared southward, stopping only to absorb more troops coming in off the plain.
  • southward from the world of mist was the world of light.
  • The species might be in the early stages of moving southward, trying to escape rising temperatures closer to the equator.
  • They then walked southward through an ice-free corridor during a period of glacial retreat.
  • southward movements begin in fall and winter, reaching southernmost winter range in midwinter, before moving north again.
British Dictionary definitions for southward

southward

/ˈsaʊθwəd; nautical ˈsʌðəd/
adjective
1.
situated, directed, or moving towards the south
noun
2.
the southward part, direction, etc; the south
adverb
3.
a variant of southwards
Derived Forms
southwardly, adjective, adverb

southwards

/ˈsaʊθwədz; nautical ˈsʌðədz/
adverb
1.
towards the south
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Word Origin and History for southward
adj.

Old English suðweard; see south + -ward.

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