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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Other Words from northward

Adverb or adjective

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

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The forecast takes the storm very close to Puerto Rico on Wednesday and Thursday and then northward toward Hispaniola. Leigh Morgan, al, "Tropical Storm Dorian forms in Atlantic; could become a hurricane by next week," 24 Aug. 2019 Occasionally, tropical cyclones curve northward, hugging the coast of Baja California or turning inland. Los Angeles Times, "Could a hurricane lash Los Angeles? 80 years ago, this deadly storm came close," 22 Aug. 2019 Whatever the lesson, your classroom can’t be beat: The expanse of river around the Dyckman Marina is bounded by a stand of Palisades to the west, the George Washington Bridge to the south and a seemingly infinite vista extending northward. New York Times, "A Sailing Lesson on the Hudson, Followed by Nature, History and Good Eats in Inwood," 21 Aug. 2019 Cox confirmed the boundaries of the outage occurred from Berkshire Place northward to portions of Angeles Crest Highway. Sara Cardine, La Cañada Valley Sun, "Outage leaves 1,500 La Cañada Edison customers without power Tuesday night," 21 Aug. 2019 Pacing their way northward typically means hardier broods. Christopher Magan, Twin Cities, "Seeing more Monarchs? Your milkweed garden might be working.," 19 Aug. 2019 One is that sea ice is much thinner now, so it's more easily melted and blown northward by the wind. Andrew Freedman,, "Loss of Arctic sea ice may not be causing cold winters in U.S., Asia after all, study finds," 19 Aug. 2019 One is that sea ice is much thinner now, so it's more easily melted and blown northward by the wind. Andrew Freedman, Anchorage Daily News, "Loss of Arctic sea ice may not be causing cold winters in the US and Asia after all," 15 Aug. 2019 After a northward jog, the highway drops south and accesses Cathedral Provincial Park, which features laid-back lodges beside deep alpine lakes—the perfect setting to unplug, look inward, and unwind. Outside Online, "The Best Places to Savor Fall in British Columbia," 14 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

China's National Meteorological Center warned on Sunday that Lekima was moving northwards and was expected to make a second landfall along the coastline in Shandong late Sunday, bringing strong winds and heavy downpours. Ivana Kottasová, CNN, "Dozens killed after Typhoon Lekima makes landfall in eastern China," 11 Aug. 2019 Share Your Thoughts What should Mexico do to stem the northward flow of Central Americans? Juan Montes, WSJ, "Upsurge of Asylum Requests Poses Challenge for Mexico," 13 June 2019 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 How to pronounce northward (audio) \

Kids Definition of northward

: toward the north The storm is moving northward.

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