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

Definition of northward

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: toward the north



Definition of northward (Entry 2 of 2)

: northward direction or part sail to the northward

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

Examples of northward in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb or adjective Wingshooters then turn their heads northward, awaiting the next wave. Matt Wyatt,, "Forecast excellent for Texas’ early teal season," 10 Sep. 2020 These changes attracted mastodons that ranged northward during these warmer times to seek out shrubs and low-hanging tree branches. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Mastodons migrated across extreme distances due to climate change, study says," 1 Sep. 2020 Laura, downgraded now from a hurricane to a tropical storm, continues to move northward over Louisiana, Texas and into Arkansas, bringing with it strong winds and heavy rain. Leada Gore |, al, "Hurricane Laura: More photos, videos of storm damage," 28 Aug. 2020 Crosby was asked to follow and photograph the route taken by the 1769 expedition of Gaspar de Portolá and Father Junípero Serra from the east coast Baja town of Loreto crisscrossing the peninsula for 600 miles northward to San Diego Bay. Diane Bell Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Modern explorer Harry Crosby shed light on Baja treasures," 19 Aug. 2020 Additional watches and warnings will likely be issued tonight and Sunday as Isaias is expected to move northward near or over the southeast and mid-Atlantic coasts early next week. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, "Feels Like Mid-September Through Early Next Week," 1 Aug. 2020 Tropical storm conditions will spread northward in Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas through the day. Leigh Morgan, al, "Hurricane Laura tracks farther inland after landfall as a Category 4," 27 Aug. 2020 Several rescues have also taken place as the system heads northward. Travis Fedschun, Janice Dean, Fox News, "Isaias brings tornado, flash flooding threat to millions after North Carolina landfall sparks fires, knocks out power," 4 Aug. 2020 Large swells generated by Genevieve are affecting portions of the coast of southern Mexico and will spread northward along the coast of Mexico to the Baja California peninsula through Thursday. Taylor Ward And Monica Garrett, CNN, "Hurricane warning issued for Baja California as Genevieve aims for a close pass," 19 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As shown below, a wavy jet stream can catapult warm air northward into the Arctic and drive cold air far southward. Jeff Berardelli, CBS News, "Wildfires and weather extremes: It's not coincidence, it's climate change," 10 Sep. 2020 By Sunday, the Creek Fire continued its march northward, threatening Yosemite National Park, which issued a fire advisory south of Chinquapin, including Wawona, which warned residents of a possible evacuation. Rusty Simmons,, "‘We thought we were going to die’: Survivors tell harrowing tales of explosive Creek Fire," 6 Sep. 2020 If these expanding northern populations are genetically similar to one another, like the northward-ranging mastodons, that could have long-term consequences for their conservation. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Mastodons migrated across extreme distances due to climate change, study says," 1 Sep. 2020 While the Valley still maintains high numbers, whitewings have steadily expanded their range northward. Matt Williams, Dallas News, "Dove hunting season preview: Hunters will go far afield in quest for popular game bird," 29 Aug. 2020 Rivers normally flow into the Gulf, but Laura's strong winds blew the top layer of water northward, away from the Gulf, instead. Alisha Ebrahimji, CNN, "Hurricane Laura was strong enough to reverse the flow of the Mississippi River," 28 Aug. 2020 The storm was downgraded to a Category 2 hurricane Thursday morning but still had sustained winds higher than 100 mph and threatened flooding along its path northward. Washington Post, "Hurricane Laura strikes Louisiana as Category 4 storm, battering Lake Charles area and bringing flood threat," 27 Aug. 2020 Laura was moving north north-west and a turn northward was expected overnight, a path the hurricane center said Laura will likely continue Thursday before moving northeast Thursday evening into Friday. Fox News, "Hurricane Laura makes landfall on northwest Gulf Coast as ‘extremely dangerous’ Category 4 storm," 27 Aug. 2020 With numerous Houston outposts, Fajita Pete’s is slowly expanding northward. Anna Caplan, Dallas News, "A new restaurant will dish up this popular pandemic food in Southlake," 18 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of northward

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before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined above

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15 Sep 2020

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“Northward.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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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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