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.

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Well In recent years, skyward-reaching ringlets and natural hair have rightly (finally!) become a mark of freedom and individuality on the runway, replacing cookie-cutter uniformity and encouraging legions of women to embrace their true texture. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "6 Top Beauty Trends That Dominated Milan Fashion Week," 24 Sep. 2018 Protesters return to the spot where Freddie Gray was arrested as Rev. Jamal Bryant reaches his hands skyward while the family grieves., "Now-and-then pictures: Scenes from the 2015 unrest in Baltimore," 27 Apr. 2018 When the clock struck zeroes, Our Lady of Peace lacrosse goalie Jenelle Cedillo lifted her stick skyward and slammed it to the turf in celebration. Don Norcross,, "D-II girls lacrosse: Pilots’ triumph gets party started," 12 May 2018 The mission: Complete the installation of one of the skyscraper’s massive antennas, another 290 feet skyward. Patrick M. O'connell,, "At 80, ironworker who has dangled atop Chicago's tallest skyscrapers is still climbing," 9 June 2018 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

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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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