sky·ward | \ ˈskī-wərd \

Definition of skyward 

1 : toward the sky

2 : upward

Examples of skyward in a Sentence

Everyone looked skyward as the jets passed by.

Recent Examples on the Web

High-rises jut skyward in Buenos Aires, but the region lags between the U.S. and Europe in terms of the productivity of its cities. Mimi Whitefield, miamiherald, "Why are Latin American and Caribbean cities less productive? Mayors in Miami to discuss," 11 June 2018 Upon takeoff, Kendricks is a virtuoso in flight, maximizing the kinetic energy of his 16-foot pole and rocketing skyward toward crossbars nearly four feet above. Brian Pinelli, New York Times, "In Pole Vault, Sam Kendricks Is a Team Player," 4 July 2018 Lochlan gaped skyward as two planes from 104th Squadron of the Maryland Air National Guard flew over the Towson parade — and paid their respects to the crowd by dipping the aircraft’s wings. Mary Carole Mccauley,, "Savoring the sweet taste of patriotism at Fourth of July parades around Baltimore," 4 July 2018 It’s unknown why the missile stuck in the silo instead of leap skyward, but an investigation is certainly forthcoming. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "A German Warship Was Scorched By Its Own Missile," 27 June 2018 Send it skyward with fuel made only of effervescent tablets and water. Scientific American, "The Build-Your-Own Alka-Rocket Contest," 22 June 2018 An eruption at Hawaii’s Kilauea summit Thursday sent a plume of ash skyward, about 10,000 feet above sea level, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "Newest Hawaii volcanic ash plume rises to about 10,000 feet," 25 May 2018 There's a beautiful moment, a moment of heart-stopping bliss, in which a few teenagers pass around a hashpipe, sending wisps of blue smoke skyward as Dylan croons his immortal chorus. Justin Chang,, "'Cold Water,' Olivier Assayas' brilliant 1994 film, finally arrives in the U.S.," 17 May 2018 Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac and Magic center Mo Bamba converged on Jackson and elevated skyward — Isaac’s right arm and Bamba’s left arm extending upward, toward the arena’s roof. Josh Robbins,, "Mo Bamba, Jonathan Isaac and Magic dominate on defense against Grizzlies," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of skyward

1655, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of skyward

: toward the sky : up into the sky

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