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

On Sunday, for example, a weather station at the Santa Rosa airport north of San Francisco recorded the arrival of winds blowing seaward. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "What is going on with California’s horrific fires?," 13 Nov. 2018 Fourth of July revelers also can cast their gazes seaward for the annual Old Glory Boat Parade, sponsored by the American Legion Yacht Club. Luke Money,, "Fourth of July brings fireworks, parades and festivals to local cities," 1 July 2018 At these times the reef survived by shifting its position seaward and finding deeper water there. David Freeman /, NBC News, "The Great Barrier Reef may be more resilient than we thought," 31 May 2018 The reef adjusted by migrating seaward which allowed the system to recover. David Carrig, USA TODAY, "Great Barrier Reef has survived 5 near-death events but scientists unsure of its future," 29 May 2018 Michaelis was purposeful about making that seaward wall all windows, giving every bedroom a Caribbean vista. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "Finding Sweet Escape at Sugar Beach, St. Lucia," 15 Mar. 2018 Starting around 7,200 years ago, the river’s mouth began pressing seaward, dumping sediments faster than currents and tides could sweep them away. Richard Campanella, The Atlantic, "How Humans Sank New Orleans," 6 Feb. 2018 One conclusion: masses of cold air that regularly move over the gulf in the winter can stir up waves and pressure differences that can help push the sediment seawards at rates of up to a meter per year. Zahra Ahmad, Science | AAAS, "The Germans torpedoed a ship during World War II. The wreck is now revealing secrets about submarine mudslides," 21 Aug. 2017 It is believed to be one of the world’s first seaward migrations. Audrey Mcavoy, The Seattle Times, "North Korea threat prompts Guam natives to assert rights," 16 Aug. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

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

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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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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English Language Learners Definition of seaward

: toward the sea

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