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

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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Adverb or adjective

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

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There was extensive damage in New Milford/Brookfield/Newtown and then eastward into Oxford and Naugatuck. Gary Lessor, courant.com, "Storms Wallop State, Sending High Winds, Hail, Downpours," 15 May 2018 The weather service predicted that a large swath of southern Minnesota, including the Twin Cities, could get up to 20 inches of snow (51 centimeters) by the time the storm moves eastward into New England. Time, "Spring Storm Blankets Parts of Midwest in Snow and Ice, Resulting in Canceled Flights," 15 Apr. 2018 The American model predicted that the storm would be displaced about 50 miles farther eastward — shifting the big thump of snow away from the city proper. Jeff Halverson, Washington Post, "Why weather forecasters still struggle to get the big storms right," 6 Apr. 2018 From there, the ship will travel through the Suez Canal to the Middle East for several stops before continuing eastward to Sri Lanka, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Hong Kong and Indonesia. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY, "Cunard Line ship to go from New York to Australia and back," 11 July 2018 An upper level system will push its way eastward late in the afternoon and evening, bringing the potential for severe weather in the late afternoon and overnight for much of the southern two-thirds of the state. Leada Gore, AL.com, "Alabama weather: What time will severe weather arrive where I live?," 13 Apr. 2018 Republicans note that Washington’s Eighth District was recently expanded eastward to encompass more rural land, helping them counter a growing suburban population. Joshua Jamerson, WSJ, "Outside Seattle, an Election Battle Between the Countryside and New Suburbia," 26 Oct. 2018 The National Weather Service hoisted a severe-thunderstorm warning for Philadelphia and for Bucks, Chester, and Montgomery Counties and parts of Delaware and Burlington Counties, as a line of storms pressed eastward. Anthony R. Wood, Philly.com, "Severe thunderstorm warning in effect; 60 mph gusts possible," 15 May 2018 Moscow denies any involvement in the poisoning, and blames the tensions on NATO's military expansion eastward, and its assembly of a ballistic missile shield with a key site in Romania that was declared combat-ready in 2016. Andrea Shalal, The Christian Science Monitor, "US military may deploy an anti-missile system in Germany," 1 June 2018

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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

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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 How to pronounce eastward (audio) \

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: toward the east

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