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

Examples of seaward in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Without a cohesive ice shelf holding it back, the ice sheet on land will accelerate its own seaward march, as well as that of its neighbors. Matt Simon, Wired, 6 Jan. 2022 The place is a busy depot: Waves of chinook and coho salmon face upriver for their last brutal trip to spawn and die, meeting young salmon swimming seaward with new silver scales broadcasting a readiness for ocean life. Doug Struck, The Christian Science Monitor, 18 Oct. 2021 So even if wind blows water farther onto a beach, and foamy waves crash ashore, the average high tide can be, and often is, much farther seaward., 15 Oct. 2021 The rich blues and aqueous textures of the many watery scenes suggest an islander’s seaward outlook, while the fiery, liquid reds in other pictures evoke volcanoes. Washington Post, 28 May 2021 The deed requires that once the bluff recedes to within 10 feet of the primary structure, any portions of the building that are seaward of the 40-foot setback must be removed, according to the staff report. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 May 2021 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,, 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, 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, 23 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Multiple sharks milled by the inlet, where sandbars are often packed with gray seals and their scent drifts seaward on dropping tides. New York Times, 20 Oct. 2021 The Makai Makai means seaward in the Hawaiian language. Laura Manske, Forbes, 2 Sep. 2021 Some species like Spanish mackerel may move seaward in lower Mobile Bay with the rains, though the lower salinity doesn’t bother trout and reds much. Frank Sargeant, al, 2 July 2021 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, 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,, 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, 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, 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, 13 Apr. 2016 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Any infrastructure that France built in Central Africa had to enable their seaward dispatch to the metropole. Tunku Varadarajan, WSJ, 6 Aug. 2021 The seaward side of the still house has a huge picture window looking out over the Atlantic. Joseph V Micallef, Forbes, 20 June 2021 Recent measurements showed the most seaward portion of the house at 245 Pacific is just 22 feet from the edge of the cliff, the staff report states. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 June 2021 The inland walls, some fairly small but others up to 13 feet high, would divide neighborhoods, leaving homes on the seaward side with less protection. New York Times, 2 June 2021 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, 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,, 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, 18 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of seaward


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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19 Jan 2022

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“Seaward.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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