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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 On Sunday, he was somersaulted heavenward by cornerback Kenny Moore at the end of a 3-yard run on the 49ers’ first drive. Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle, 26 Oct. 2021 In December, Elon Musk tweeted a slightly risqué image of a Franciscan monk, eyes cast heavenward, hands clasped in prayer, trying to resist the sultry allure of Bitcoin. Eben Shapiro, Time, 21 Mar. 2021 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 24 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of heavenward

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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28 Oct 2021

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“Heavenward.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heavenward. Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of heavenward

: toward the sky


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