headward

1 of 3

adverb

head·​ward
ˈhedw(ə)rd
variants or less commonly headwards
-dz
: toward the head : in the direction of the head
a stream lengthens its course by eroding headward

headward

2 of 3

adjective

"
: proceeding toward the head : occurring at or near the head
headward erosion of a valley
loss of consciousness caused by headward acceleration of the body

headward

3 of 3

noun

head·​ward
-ˌwȯrd,
-ȯ(ə)d
plural -s
: feudal service consisting in acting as a guard to the lord

Word History

Etymology

Adverb

head entry 1 + -ward, -wards

Noun

translation of Old English hēafodweard

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“Headward.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headward. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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