north·​ward | \ˈnȯrth-wərd \

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 \ adverb

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To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that Some families have already pushed toward the first of many trucks that will carry them northward. Liliana Frankel, Teen Vogue, "A Day in the Life of the Migrant Caravan," 16 Nov. 2018 After a muted reaction in early trading, stocks in Shanghai enjoyed a late rebound as the rally in Hong Kong spread northward. Shen Hong, WSJ, "Optimism Over Trade Talks Boosts Chinese Stocks," 13 Sep. 2018 Brettschneider's route begins at the southern tip of Texas on January 1, and winds slowly northward. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "This Meteorologist Created the Perfect Road Trip," 20 Aug. 2018 Except for those who managed to elude fingerprinting at dockside and slip northward into other European countries to claim asylum there, the vast majority filed asylum requests in Italy. Frances D'emilio, Fox News, "Italy vows to expel far more migrants, but it won't be easy," 22 June 2018 Showers and thunderstorms will continue to blossom and spread northward into the Houston area through Monday afternoon. Matthew Cappucci, Washington Post, "From Houston to Corpus Christi, torrential rain may fall at times for days," 18 June 2018 Wind: Tropical storm conditions are occurring in the Dry Tortugas, and these conditions are expected to spread northward in the warning area along the west coast of Florida later today. Roger Simmons,, "Alberto's path shifts slightly east, Tropical Storm Warning issued for most of Florida's Gulf Coast," 27 May 2018 Snowfall will increase northward into portions of the Mid-Atlantic and northern New England early Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. CBS News, "Brutal cold follows massive East Coast winter storm -- live updates," 7 Jan. 2018 The first caravan appears intent on taking the Pacific coast route northward to the border city of Tijuana, which was still about 1,350 miles (2,200 kilometers) away. Maria Verza, The Seattle Times, "US hardens border at Tijuana to prepare for migrant caravan," 13 Nov. 2018

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Where is Jebi at the moment?Moving northwards in the Sea of Japan, toward Russia, at about 46 mph. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "Typhoon Jebi Batters Japan, Forces Airport Closure," 5 Sep. 2018 The Butterfly Conservation team has observed the white-letter hairstreak gradually spreading northwards, possibly due to warming climates. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "This Butterfly Recently Returned to Scotland. Now, It’s Laying Eggs," 19 Feb. 2018 Some populist Mexican politicians talk of opening the country’s southern border to migrants from Central America, giving them train tickets northwards to Texas. The Economist, "New fences make bad neighboursDonald Trump could set off a nationalist backlash in Mexico," 26 Oct. 2017 Now a post-tropical cyclone, Ophelia is moving northwards at 44 mph (70 km/h), according to the Hurricane Center. Kevin Lui, Time, "What to Know About Ophelia, the Atlantic's Easternmost Hurricane Ever," 16 Oct. 2017 Caused by Saharan dust being drawn northwards by Anthony R. Wood,, "Ophelia storms the Emerald Isle, turns sun red in Britain," 16 Oct. 2017 Hurricane Irma is passing though Central Florida now, currently centered northwest of the Lakeland area as its destructive northward march continues. Marco Santana,, "Here's low long Hurricane Irma will hit the Orlando area," 11 Sep. 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of northward

: toward the north

north·​ward | \ˈnȯrth-wərd \

Kids Definition of northward

: toward the north The storm is moving northward.

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