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adverb or adjective

north·​ward ˈnȯrth-wərd How to pronounce northward (audio)
: toward the north
northwards adverb


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: northward direction or part
sail to the northward

Example Sentences

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Nicole is expected to turn sharply northward later Thursday and accelerate up the East Coast through Friday, meteorologists said. Phil Helsel, NBC News, 10 Nov. 2022 Ian is expected to make landfall along the west or southwest coast of Florida and then track northward across much of the peninsula. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 27 Sep. 2022 Overnight, those storms should move northward and keep up a chance of more widespread showers across the mountains. oregonlive, 8 Aug. 2022 On Monday, as waves from Tropical Storm Frank surged northward, Dible said several surfers accessed the base via a hole in its fence or by paddling around it. Andrew Dyer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Aug. 2022 Since the 1980s, the northern edge of the high-catch density line — the area where fish can be caught in abundance — has moved northward by 250 miles. Carlos R. Muñoz,, 3 Aug. 2022 But officials have warned that areas along the St. Johns River would continue to see flooding as storm water flows northward from Orange County. Martin E. Comas, Orlando Sentinel, 4 Oct. 2022 As a warm front lifts northward across the Plains, the sticky air mass that settles in and the daytime heating from the sun will help induce thunderstorm development into the early afternoon hours. Derek Van Dam, CNN, 12 May 2022 In the Southwest, La Niña typically causes the jet stream – upper-level winds that carry storms around the globe – to shift northward. Rachel Ramirez, CNN, 7 Oct. 2022
The hurricane center said Nicole moved a bit farther north than expected overnight and nudged the storm’s forecast path northward as well over the next two to three days. Leigh Morgan, al, 8 Nov. 2022 Hurricane Ian is targeting Florida’s west coast, particularly from Fort Meyers and Tampa Bay northward, but nearly the entire state will experience strong and potentially damaging winds beginning sometime on Tuesday. David Schutz, Sun Sentinel, 26 Sep. 2022 That’s almost half the 1940 black population, but black northward migration slowed to a trickle in the high-unemployment 1930s. Michael Barone, WSJ, 23 Sep. 2022 Hurricanes are increasing in intensity, floods are breaking records, and warmer ocean waters are stretching further northward. Meghan Herbst, WIRED, 26 Oct. 2022 Widespread 1-2 inch totals have been tallied from near the San Francisco Bay area and northward toward the Oregon border, with some spots picking up more than that. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, 19 Sep. 2022 The second generation emerges along the way and continues on a path northward before giving way to a third generation. Peter Krouse, cleveland, 22 Sep. 2022 The Wisconsin portion of that forecast region runs roughly along a line from Appleton to Eau Claire and northward. Joe Taschler, Journal Sentinel, 30 Aug. 2022 The high acts as a force field of sorts, diverting the jet stream northward and deflecting any inclement weather into Canada. Matthew Cappucci, Washington Post, 18 July 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Adverb Or Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Northward.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

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adverb or adjective
: toward the north

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