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heav·​en·​ward | \ ˈhe-vən-wərd How to pronounce heavenward (audio) \

Definition of heavenward

: toward heaven

Examples of heavenward in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As the chorus soared, earnest hands were raised heavenward—including the hands of my parents, who were always moved by this song to forgo their customary physical reticence. James Wood, The New Yorker, "Does Knowing God Just Take Practice?," 2 Nov. 2020 There are no gunshots, no police, no struggle except inner turmoil, erupting now and again, sending the men’s arms heavenward, their torsos twisting. Sarah L. Kaufman, Washington Post, "The tragic beauty of Alvin Ailey’s politically charged dance programs," 5 Feb. 2020 Perhaps the most arresting feature in this panorama is the stage: a towering neoclassical structure with Doric columns that soar heavenward. Suspended from the columns are banners emblazoned with the letters QU, for Quaranteen University. Pia Ceres, Wired, "Will the Class of 2020 Please Line Up on the Minecraft Stage?," 11 May 2020 A couple dozen paddlefish huddle together in a five-gallon jug with their translucent paddles raised heavenward, looking like congregants at an extraterrestrial prayer meeting. Richard Conniff, National Geographic, "These surreal jarred fish tell an urgent story of extinction," 20 Sep. 2019 The numbers: Tee options from 6,554, 5,967 or 4,877 yards; par 72 The takeaway: The aesthetic pay dirt at Kahili, nestled in the West Maui Mountains, is views of two coasts and Haleakala soaring heavenward. Ken Van Vechten, Los Angeles Times, "Eight places to play golf in Hawaii for as little as $55 a round," 9 Oct. 2019 This makes them wonderful fodder for the imagination—at some point, hasn’t everyone looked heavenward and seen a fire-breathing dragon floating by? Catherine Zuckerman, National Geographic, "Clouds, explained," 24 Apr. 2019 The ancient Byzantine hymns of the Greek Orthodox church are beautiful and solemn, with earthy drones and trembling melodies that rise heavenward. John Adamian, courant.com, "Philip Glass Premieres 'Annunciation' At Asylum Hill," 14 Apr. 2018 Twenty people sitting in folding chairs, bundled up against the chill with hats, scarves and blankets, gaze heavenward. Janice Steinhagen, Courant Community, "Franklin Astronomer Brings Night Sky Down To Earth," 13 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of heavenward

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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8 Nov 2020

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“Heavenward.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heavenward. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of heavenward

: toward the sky

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