earth·​ward ˈərth-wərd How to pronounce earthward (audio)
variants or less commonly earthwards
: toward the earth

Examples of earthward in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Beyond the bridge, the expressway lurches earthward again and veers west to follow the coastline. Justin Beal, Harper's Magazine, 14 Dec. 2022 The baby moon, which sent earthward a steady song of triumph that was picked up on minitrack and other receivers, had to achieve a fantastic speed of 18,000 miles an hour 300 miles above the earth to get into orbit. Merrie Monteagudo, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Mar. 2023 As the codewords journeyed earthward, the engineers knew some 1s would be distorted into 0s and some 0s into 1s. Quanta Magazine, 20 Dec. 2013 Roofs had collapsed earthward, the buildings’ innards — mattresses, curtains, chair legs — sticking out at odd angles. Robert F. Worth, New York Times, 24 May 2016

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of earthward was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Earthward.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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