sky·​ward | \ ˈskī-wərd How to pronounce skyward (audio) \

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 One had to imagine the trees reaching skyward over years, the understory finding its way in, the birds and the bees returning. Washington Post, "Kentucky was devastated for decades by mountaintop removal. Now scientists have figured out a way to undo the damage — one tree at a time.," 13 Feb. 2020 An arched ceiling reached skyward, approximately 30 feet above the floor. Alice Adams, Houston Chronicle, "Galveston’s City National Bank Building: A piece of W.L. Moody’s big dream," 15 Nov. 2019 The style’s heightened appeal, both in literal skyward reach and aesthetic impact. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Cate Blanchett Proves a Little Volume Goes a Long Way for Chic Day-to-Night Hair," 13 Aug. 2019 Above me, the twin towers reached skyward to catch in this moment the last rays of day. Bruce Dale, National Geographic, "Adored, neglected, and restored: A 1968 Nat Geo feature explored Notre Dame," 17 Apr. 2019 Across much of the globe, photographers pointed their cameras skyward to capture the rare event. Fox News, "'Wolf' Moon set to light up the sky: What you need to know," 12 Jan. 2020 The ecologist pointed a large camera skyward and snapped a picture of the seabird gliding on the strong ocean breeze. Deborah Netburn, Los Angeles Times, "Sea gulls love In-N-Out. But their diet may be changing their Channel Islands home," 22 Oct. 2019 Shortly thereafter, Morgan Hare, a partner at the firm, arrived with a bucket truck to hoist Ms. Cardone skyward for a preview of the home’s sightlines. Tim Mckeough, New York Times, "A Shipshape House in the Hamptons," 19 June 2018 Such fame has driven the price of the round, and the guns chambered for it, skyward. Joseph Albanese, Field & Stream, "Best Cheap Guns of SHOT Show 2020," 7 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of skyward

1655, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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23 Mar 2020

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“Skyward.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Mar. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of skyward

: toward the sky : up into the sky

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