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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northwards \ˈnȯrth-wərdz \ adverb

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The United States Drought Monitor released its weekly report on Thursday, saying the northern third of Connecticut is now abnormally dry, a classification that continues northward through much of Vermont and New Hampshire. Gary Lessor,, "As Rain Nears For Saturday, Parts Of State Closing In On Drought," 21 June 2018 Lava flows had advanced slowly northward throughout Sunday in the Leilani Gardens neighborhood, in large part fueled by a fissure that had been spewing lava fountains to heights of more than 200 feet, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Rong-gong Lin Ii,, "Kilauea volcano flexes its muscle, destroying homes and forcing evacuations," 8 May 2018 As the remnants drift northward toward the Bahamas over the coming days, the Hurricane Center gives them a 50 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression or storm. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "Chris strengthens into a hurricane while moving away from the North Carolina coast," 10 July 2018 The heat is due to a strong upper-level ridge of high pressure, or northward bulge in the jet stream, that's expanded into much of the eastern U.S., reported. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Get used to it: Heat wave will continue to scorch eastern US this week," 2 July 2018 Alberto is moving slowly northward at about 6 mph and was located about 100 miles southeast of Destin, Florida, according to the NHC. Maria Clark,, "Alberto bears down on the Florida panhandle on Memorial Day," 28 May 2018 The system sits east of the Yucatan Peninsula but moving northward. Fox News, "The Latest: Alberto is 2018's first named tropical system," 25 May 2018 Showers will decrease beginning in the southern part of the Willamette Valley and moving northward. Rosemarie Stein | The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "Portland metro Monday weather: After a stunning weather weekend - don't get used to it - rain returns tonight," 15 Jan. 2018 Maritza Flores and her three daughters traveled thousands of miles to get to the United States, part of a Central American caravan of migrants who pushed northward to seek asylum. Elvia Malagon,, "Central American mother, children from migrant caravan seeking refuge in Chicago," 12 June 2018

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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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