adverb or adjective

land·​ward ˈland-wərd How to pronounce landward (audio)
: to or toward the land

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Beaches are dynamic systems that naturally migrate landward, Jaffee explained, with eroding bluffs providing sand. Paul Kvinta, Outside Online, 13 Dec. 2021 State laws and Hawaii Supreme Court rulings have repeatedly prioritized beaches over private property: As the ocean migrates landward, so does the public shoreline. Sophie Cocke, ProPublica, 5 Dec. 2020 On the ground That grounding line migrates seaward or landward as the glacier advances or retreats—processes that are controlled by water temperatures and currents, air temperatures, snowfall, and the topography of the bedrock beneath the ice. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, 6 Apr. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of landward was in the 15th century

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“Landward.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


adjective or adverb
land·​ward ˈlan-dwərd How to pronounce landward (audio)
: lying or being toward the land or on the side toward the land

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