adverb or adjective
north·​ward | \ ˈnȯrth-wərd How to pronounce northward (audio) \

Definition of northward

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: toward the north



Definition of northward (Entry 2 of 2)

: northward direction or part sail to the northward

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Adverb or adjective

northwards \ ˈnȯrth-​wərdz How to pronounce northward (audio) \ adverb

Examples of northward in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb or adjective Most locations across the central Willamette Valley and northward into southwest Washington will see one final day in triple-digit heat. oregonlive, 28 June 2021 South of the Black Rock Ranch on Monday night, the fire moved northward toward ranch property, according to the Pinnacle Fire information page. Amaris Encinas, The Arizona Republic, 13 June 2021 Priscilla Giles’ grandparents, like so many other Black families, moved northward during the period known as the Great Migration in search of more economic opportunities and to escape the racist climate of the South. NBC News, 2 June 2021 After landfall Fred’s center could move northward across Alabama through Wednesday, according to the official forecast from the hurricane center. Leigh Morgan, al, 14 Aug. 2021 The Taliban is rapidly moving northward in Afghanistan as U.S. forces continue to pull out of the country. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 13 July 2021 The storm is moving northward at about 10 mph with wind speed potentially strengthening overnight. Tori B. Powell, CBS News, 7 July 2021 Clad mostly in bright orange, volunteers like Blanks planted the signs on the center grass boulevard of the busy thoroughfare, moving northward along North Sherman Boulevard from West Center Street to West Locust Street. Emiliano Tahui Gómez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 5 June 2021 Tropical Cyclone Tauktae, which formed in the Arabian Sea, is moving northward along India's western coast, bringing damaging winds, heavy rain and the threat of storm surges to the state of Gujarat. Helen Regan And Esha Mitra, CNN, 17 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun His travels from Central America northward finally ended at the Mexico border with San Diego. San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Aug. 2021 The setup involves a surface low pressure system tracking across the Great Lakes (shown below), with a warm front pushing northward across Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and a cold front approaching from the Ohio Valley. Washington Post, 29 July 2021 These cold waters in the Pacific push the jet stream northward, which affects weather patterns in the U.S and globally. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 20 July 2021 The Lincoln Mill redevelopment continues a steady progression northward of new commercial development on Meridian Street from the courthouse square toward Alabama A&M University. Lee Roop |, al, 17 Aug. 2021 Now Brazil, which has buried more coronavirus victims than any country but the United States, is again glancing northward at Manaus. Washington Post, 23 June 2021 In addition, southerly breezes will continue to pull Gulf moisture northward across North Texas. Dallas News, 10 June 2021 High pressure was parked directly over the Southwest, preventing rain from falling and moisture from surging northward. Jackson Dill, CNN, 12 June 2021 According to Jennifer Francis, a scientist at Woodwell Climate Research Center, the heatwave is the result of a persistent northward bulge in the polar jet stream. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, 1 July 2021

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First Known Use of northward

Adverb or adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of northward was before the 12th century

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“Northward.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of northward

: toward the north


adverb or adjective
north·​ward | \ ˈnȯrth-wərd How to pronounce northward (audio) \

Kids Definition of northward

: toward the north The storm is moving northward.

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