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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 of southward
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English sūth weard. See south, -ward
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  • southwards toward Salisbury is the pleasant little town of West Lavington.

    Wanderings in Wessex Edric Holmes
  • From Ghazni southwards to Pannah there is nothing but open plain.

    The Gates of India Thomas Holdich
  • The view is superb both northwards to the Weald and southwards over the Channel.

    Seaward Sussex Edric Holmes
  • southwards they reach the Afghan frontier in the Kohistan of Cabl.

    Man and His Migrations R. G. (Robert Gordon) Latham
  • John of Gaunt led an army during the summer from Calais southwards.

  • Northwards the water drains to the Shuru-tso, southwards to the Raga-tsangpo.

  • (884-860), enlarged his dominions to the Mediterranean westwards and to Lebanon southwards.

  • Westwards and southwards, however, Sargon's arm swept a wider circuit.

    The Ancient East D. G. Hogarh
  • southwards, a hundred yards away, a fine waterfall plunges downwards over enormous boulders amid tall, interlacing trees.

    My African Journey Winston Churchill
British Dictionary definitions for southwards

southwards

/ˈsaʊθwədz; nautical ˈsʌðədz/
adverb
1.
towards the south

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
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Word Origin and History for southwards

southward

adj.

Old English suðweard; see south + -ward.

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