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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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 But the landscape in eastern Syria is a complex one where American forces also interact with Russian forces supporting the Assad regime who have moved eastward toward the Euphrates River area where U.S. forces operate. Luis Martinez, ABC News, 21 May 2021 Thunderstorms began developing on the western edge of Dallas-Fort Worth area shortly after 5 p.m. and moved slowly eastward throughout the evening. Tom Steele, Dallas News, 4 May 2021 As the system moved eastward -- with thunderstorms and hazardous flash-flooding in other states -- a tornado also touched down in Vermont on Friday, injuring at least two people. Julia Musto, Fox News, 27 Mar. 2021 The Pacific Northwest is under a wet system Friday that will slowly shift eastward throughout the day. oregonlive, 19 Mar. 2021 On Sunday, the threat for severe weather is likely to shift eastward, to include eastern Oklahoma and Texas all the way to the Mississippi River, AccuWeather said. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 13 Mar. 2021 Conditions were starting to improve as the storm moved eastward, and Dobberstein was hopeful that flights would resume later in the afternoon. CBS News, 23 Dec. 2020 The strangeness was in the handling, discovered in a flat-out rush up Interstate 80, which leads eastward out of Reno. Car and Driver, 18 May 2021 To the west, a front from the Rockies to Northern California will move eastward and by Thursday rain and highest elevation snow will develop over parts of the Pacific Northwest and Rockies. Julia Musto, Fox News, 18 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 Trains once carried deeply discounted oil eastward, but that has slowed as new pipelines have been built to the Gulf. Alison Sider, WSJ, 21 Sep. 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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The first known use of eastward was before the 12th century

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“Eastward.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eastward. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of eastward

: toward the east


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

Kids Definition of eastward

: toward the east

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