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

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Foley said that Fairhope's beers are now distributed throughout Alabama, in coastal Mississippi, and eastward along the Florida Panhandle as far as Apalachicola. al.com, "Coastal beer boom: New breweries opening soon in Mobile," 7 July 2019 There's a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms from the Globe/Miami area eastward Saturday afternoon, according to a Weather Service report. Mike Cruz, azcentral, "On 29th anniversary of Phoenix heat record, temperatures won't get close," 26 June 2019 On a warm morning at the end of the dry season, early November, a red and black Bell Jet Ranger helicopter raced eastward above the palm savanna of Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park. David Quammen, National Geographic, "How one of Africa’s great parks is rebounding from war," 12 June 2019 These cracks were uniformly at right angles to our course, and the ice on the northern side was moving more rapidly eastward than that on the southern. Robert E. (robert Edwin) Peary, Harper's magazine, "Unyielding Ice," 10 June 2019 Colorado Springs and Aurora, in partnership with Vail Associates and others on the Western Slope, have agreed to dig a 30,000 acre-foot reservoir above Minturn for moving Colorado River Basin water eastward through pipelines. Bruce Finley, The Denver Post, "A run through Colorado’s Yampa whitewater reveals the wildness that remains. But will the West’s rivers survive urban demands?," 23 June 2019 Mining operations in the main Pinto Creek drainage along Spencer Canyon and West Pinto Creek have also been threatened by the fire moving eastward. Fox News, "Arizona wildfire forces 700 evacuations; winds causing widespread flames," 22 June 2019 The storms were moving eastward, with more severe weather possible Thursday in Alabama and Georgia all the way up the Eastern Seaboard to Pennsylvania, forecasters said. CBS News, "Storms bring tornadoes, floods and power outages across the U.S.," 20 June 2019 More than a week in advance, the European model predicted an oddball westward jog in Sandy’s track, whereas the American model arced it eastward and harmlessly away from the East Coast. Jeff Halverson, Washington Post, "Why weather forecasters still struggle to get the big storms right," 6 Apr. 2018

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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 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

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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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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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