sea·​ward | \ ˈsē-wərd How to pronounce seaward (audio) \

Definition of seaward

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: the direction or side away from land and toward the open sea


\ ˈsē-wərdz How to pronounce seaward (audio) \
variants: or less commonly seawards

Definition of seaward (Entry 2 of 3)

: toward the sea



Definition of seaward (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : directed or situated toward the sea
2 : coming from the sea a seaward wind

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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The forecast track has shifted in the last few updates, jogging closer to the South Florida coast on Friday afternoon, then edging seaward late night. Marc Freeman,, "Hurricane Isaias makes landfall in Bahamas as gusts reach South Florida," 1 Aug. 2020 That has also helped produce clear skies in Australia as well as strong westerly winds blowing dry air seaward over Victoria and New South Wales—stoking the fires. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "What’s causing Australia’s devastating fire weather?," 4 Jan. 2020 Men gathered on the beach, perhaps trying to arrange a seaward evacuation, while women and children mostly took cover in stone boat chambers named fornici. National Geographic, "Vesuvius eruption baked some people to death—and turned one brain to glass," 23 Jan. 2020 But while the seaward beauty moment may have skewed summer-y on the whole, certain detailing conspired to make the vacation-minded moment a wintery one. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Bella Hadid's White Headband is a Winter Vacation Win," 6 Dec. 2019 Anderson and his team found that the rifting of the island, which occurs as gravity drags the slope of Kilauea seaward, opened up fissures for magma to drain from the volcano’s reservoir and the lava lake above it. Stephanie Pappas, Scientific American, "A Tiny Leak Led to a Massive, Unexpected Collapse at Kilauea Volcano," 5 Dec. 2019 However, that surge's size at New Orleans, more than 100 winding river miles up from the coast, would be reduced by the Big Muddy's push seaward. Jeff Martin And Janet Mcconnaughey,, "Flooded Mississippi a threat as hurricane season heats up," 15 Aug. 2019 That’s inherently unstable, and once a glacier starts retreating downslope, the invading water provides an increasing floating force that reduces the sliding friction that slows the seaward flow of ice. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Running the numbers on an insane scheme to save Antarctic ice," 20 July 2019 The National Park Service owns the lighthouse, and the Coast Guard still maintains the beacon that flashes seaward about 20 miles. USA TODAY, "Roller coaster ghost town, Alaska heat, rock hyrax pups: News from around our 50 states," 8 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb As the glacier below it began to shift, the entire camp moved with it, sliding 20 inches or more a day as the ice sheet drifted seaward. Matt Schudel, Washington Post, "Konrad Steffen, renowned Swiss climate scientist, dies at 68," 12 Aug. 2020 However, that surge’s size at New Orleans, more than 100 winding river miles up from the coast, would be reduced by the Big Muddy’s push seaward. Jeff Martin,, "Flooded Mississippi River a threat as hurricane season heats up," 14 Aug. 2019 On the ground That grounding line migrates seaward or landward as the glacier advances or retreats—processes that are controlled by water temperatures and currents, air temperatures, snowfall, and the topography of the bedrock beneath the ice. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Satellite tracking of Antarctica expands view of glacial patchwork," 6 Apr. 2018 The contrast of the visual scar with the green, seaward open vistas and lagoons on the state wildlife preserve is visible to passersby on Warner Avenue and has been a source of aggravation to nearby residents for years. Lauren Williams, Orange County Register, "Developer near Bolsa Chica wetlands promised to restore burrowing owl habitat, but was it kept?," 13 Apr. 2017 They can be found in indigenous languages in the Arctic, the Amazon, and the Himalaya, and various cultures embrace contrasts such as upriver/downriver or landward/seaward. Rafael Núñez, National Geographic, "These People Have a Mind-Bending Way to Navigate," 13 Apr. 2016 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Scaffolding lines the seaward side of the boxy concrete building, and there’s more at the top of its distinctive 400-foot-tall smokestack. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Landmark Carlsbad smokestack coming down," 30 Oct. 2020 At the fore-reef, the coral at the most seaward edge of the reef, there appeared to be no loss between historical coral observations and modern habitat maps. Ben Guarino,, "240-year-old nautical maps show coral loss is much worse than we knew," 6 Sep. 2017 Without it, riverbeds flatten out and the seaward current of the river slows, allowing saltwater to make its way upstream and spoiling rice fields. Austin Meyer, Slate Magazine, "Fork in the River," 18 Apr. 2017

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14th century, in the meaning defined above


1517, in the meaning defined above


circa 1621, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Seaward.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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: toward the sea

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