adverb or adjective
east·​ward | \ ˈēst-wərd How to pronounce eastward (audio) \

Definition of eastward

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: toward the east



Definition of eastward (Entry 2 of 2)

: eastward direction or part sail to the eastward

Other Words from eastward

Adverb or adjective

eastwards \ ˈēst-​wərdz How to pronounce eastward (audio) \ adverb

Examples of eastward in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb or adjective This heat will spread eastward, impacting the Northeast by the end of the week, then another round of heat will hit the Plains once again. Jennifer Gray, CNN, 2 Aug. 2022 The current atmospheric conditions exacerbated the effects of a 22-year megadrought that is continuing to intensify in the West and is beginning to spread eastward. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, 26 July 2022 Many of these areas are forecast to be equally hot on Saturday, as the heat begins to expand eastward. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, 11 June 2022 The storms could reach the western part of central and north Alabama as early as 6 a.m. and spread eastward. Leigh Morgan, al, 4 Apr. 2022 Four others are candidate countries now, but the EU has shown an extreme reluctance to expand further eastward. Raf Casert, ajc, 9 Mar. 2022 Sunrise Friday reveals thicker clouds with some showers moving eastward. Dave Epstein, BostonGlobe.com, 3 June 2022 The storms are likely to arrive in Western Maryland first before moving eastward. Christine Condon, Baltimore Sun, 16 May 2022 Western forests have become increasingly dry as the climate changes, resulting in larger plumes of smoke moving eastward annually across the U.S. John Fialka, Scientific American, 25 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But everyone in the greater region from the Interstate 81 corridor eastward should monitor forecasts. Washington Post, 6 July 2021 They are used in packing salt to the mills on the river, from the marshes lying in the deserts, some sixty miles to the eastward. Dan Schlenoff, Scientific American, 1 Jan. 2021 Of the more than 141,000 people who moved to Nevada in 2018, about 50,000 of them were from California, The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported, amplifying an eastward flow that goes back decades. Jack Healy, New York Times, 21 Feb. 2020 The system moving eastward has already hit parts of the Midwest, which saw heavy snow and limited visibility in places like Iowa, where about 50 cars were involved in a pileup Monday morning. Amir Vera, CNN, 10 Dec. 2019 Mohapatra said that the smog could have travelled eastwards. Vijayta Lalwani, Quartz India, 19 Nov. 2019 As warm waters in the tropical Pacific Ocean shift eastward and trade winds weaken, the weather pattern ripples through the atmosphere, causing drought in southern Africa, wildfires in South America, and flooding on North America’s Pacific coast. Warren Cornwall, Science | AAAS, 18 Sep. 2019 Though China's president is no fashion guru, his policies are defining a new eastward-looking luxury goods industry worldwide. James B. Cutchin, latimes.com, 30 June 2019 The research suggests that the cavemen migrated eastwards from Europe to Siberia and indicated that their ancestors might be an as-yet-undiscovered group. Fox News, 26 June 2019 See More

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First Known Use of eastward

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before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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More Definitions for eastward


adverb or adjective
east·​ward | \ ˈēs-twərd How to pronounce eastward (audio) \

Kids Definition of eastward

: toward the east

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