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

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Adverb or adjective

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

Examples of eastward in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb or adjective The next round will hit Texas on Thursday through Saturday, and then hook back eastward over the Southeast and Tennessee Valley area. Jeff Berardelli, CBS News, "Massive Sahara desert dust plume closing in on the United States," 26 June 2020 The center issued an Enhanced Risk, level 3 of 5, for areas of eastern Iowa eastward to portions of southern Michigan, including Chicago and Milwaukee. Allison Chinchar And Monica Garrett, CNN, "Over 80 million Americans under threat of severe storms Friday and Saturday," 26 June 2020 On Wednesday, areas from central Michigan eastward through Ohio and into western New York are most likely to see severe weather. Janice Dean, Fox News, "Cristobal remnants reach Wisconsin, fuel severe weather threat from Great Lakes to Northeast," 10 June 2020 The frontier drama also noted that her character (Abigail) was headed eastward to take care of her mother. Omar Sanchez, EW.com, "Fuller House finally addresses why Lori Loughlin's Aunt Becky is gone," 2 June 2020 Members of the National Guard knelt briefly to put on gas masks, before charging eastward, pushing protesters down. Author: Ashley Parker, Josh Dawsey, Rebecca Tan, Anchorage Daily News, "Inside the push to tear-gas protesters ahead of a presidential photo op," 2 June 2020 Members of the National Guard knelt briefly to put on gas masks, before charging eastward, pushing protesters down. Josh Dawsey, BostonGlobe.com, "Inside the push to tear-gas protesters ahead of a Trump photo op," 2 June 2020 There are alternating bands of eastward and westward winds in the right places, including strong jet streams. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "What causes Saturn’s strange polar cloud hexagon?," 8 June 2020 The risk of storm surge continues eastward and reaches as far as the Tampa, Fla., area. Leigh Morgan, al, "Tropical Storm Cristobal 2020 track update: Stronger Cristobal could make landfall sooner," 6 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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, "Nevada Is Booming. But Not Everyone Is Feeling the Gains.," 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, "Nearly 65% of the US will feel below-freezing temperatures this week," 10 Dec. 2019 Mohapatra said that the smog could have travelled eastwards. Vijayta Lalwani, Quartz India, "Did Delhi’s deadly smog just move 3,000 km to the south?," 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, "Artificial intelligence could predict El Niño up to 18 months in advance," 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, "Busloads of Chinese tourists used to visit L.A. luxury stores. Not anymore," 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, "Some of oldest Neanderthal bones have been DNA tested showing more than 70 differences," 26 June 2019 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

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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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“Eastward.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eastward. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of eastward

: toward the east


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

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: toward the east

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