east·​ward | \ˈēst-wərd \

Definition of eastward 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: toward the east

eastward

noun

Definition of eastward (Entry 2 of 2)

: eastward direction or part sail to the eastward

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Other Words from eastward

Adverb or adjective

eastwards \ˈēst-​wərdz \ adverb

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Severe weather warnings were issued through Sunday, with the storm expected to gradually move eastward. Elena Becatoros And Derek Gatopoulos, Fox News, "Cyclone warning as gale-force winds batter Greece," 27 Sep. 2018 Russia denies claims of interference, but openly opposes NATO expansion eastward. Fox News, "State Department official backs Macedonian referendum," 13 Sep. 2018 Rockets generally launch eastward (to gain extra velocity from the Earth's rotation) or northward (to enter a polar orbit for a satellite, over a vast expanse of ocean). Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "The First: Hulu’s new series about a human mission to Mars feels pretty real," 5 Sep. 2018 Cells continuously bubble up over the same location (Frederick) and then ripple eastward, decaying north of Baltimore. Jeff Halverson, Washington Post, "Anatomy of Tuesday’s devastating flash flood in Frederick," 16 May 2018 From Hollywood, Disneyland and the Beach Boys’ surf cities, its pop culture radiated eastward across the continent, and beyond. James Fallows, New York Times, "How California Turned Into a ‘State of Resistance’," 23 Apr. 2018 Winds shear the bomb's mushroom cloud into a plume of radioactive fallout that drifts eastward into the Maryland suburbs. M. Mitchell Waldrop, Science | AAAS, "What if a nuke goes off in Washington, D.C.? Simulations of artificial societies help planners cope with the unthinkable," 12 Apr. 2018 For those looking eastward from the District in late afternoon, sunlight reflected off raindrops created a rainbow. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "Rain loomed, but D.C.’s events marched on," 9 June 2018 Bikers will begin near Lakeshore High School and race eastward against the clock for three miles. Kim Chatelain, NOLA.com, "Tour de Louisiane bike race set for this weekend in St. Tammany," 4 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Trains once carried deeply discounted oil eastward, but that has slowed as new pipelines have been built to the Gulf. Alison Sider, WSJ, "Delta Seeks Partner for Its Jet-Fuel Refinery," 21 Sep. 2018 When the early Russian traders first reached Unalaska, they were told by the natives that to the eastward was a great land or territory. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, "A scientist’s view of Alaska, 150 years ago," 11 Mar. 2018 From central London, the trains will continue eastwards, passing through Canary Wharf, with its cluster of skyscrapers, and heading out to stations deep in the county of Essex -- a total journey of over 60 miles. Jim Boulden, CNN, "The impact of the Elizabeth Line on London house prices," 22 Dec. 2017 The tail end of the archipelago, however, from Key West eastward to Big Coppitt Key, appears to have fared better than the Middle Keys. Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, "Order is returning to the Florida Keys, but services remain scarce," 13 Sep. 2017 Radar imagery showed the eastward movement has moved bands or rain from southeast Texas into southwest and south-central Louisiana, increasing the threat of flash flooding in south Louisiana, the weather service said in a 1 p.m. advisory. Robert Rhoden, NOLA.com, "Harvey inches toward La., increasing threat of flooding: weather service," 27 Aug. 2017 But Raqqa, more than Damascus, Homs, or Aleppo, is known among Syrians as a conservative Arab city, where many communities retain links to tribal networks extending along the Euphrates and eastwards into the Syrian desert towards Iraq. Robert Ford, The Atlantic, "The Fatal Flaw in Trump's ISIS Plan," 11 May 2017 In Communist times, labor camps, heavy investment in remote industrial sites and the construction of a second railroad across Siberia and the Far East revived the eastward flow of people. Andrew Higgins, New York Times, "Russia Looks to Populate Its Far East. Wimps Need Not Apply.," 14 July 2016

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First Known Use of eastward

Adverb or adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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eastward

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of eastward

: toward the east

east·​ward | \ˈēs-twərd \

Kids Definition of eastward

: toward the east

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