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

Definition of earthward

: toward the earth

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As the codewords journeyed earthward, the engineers knew some 1s would be distorted into 0s and some 0s into 1s. Quanta Magazine, "A New Tool to Help Mathematicians Pack," 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, "Behind the Barricades of Turkey’s Hidden War," 24 May 2016

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First Known Use of earthward

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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