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.

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When the Capitals flung their helmets skyward and tore from the bench upon beating the Golden Knights, 4-3, more than four decades of franchise-wide frustration evaporated. Alex Prewitt,, "First Capitals Cup crystallizes end of D.C. drought," 8 June 2018 In any case, the Rotax V-twin has enough punch that a thumb-full of throttle causes the rear end to squat on its independent suspension and the front to nose skyward like a boat climbing on plane. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Can-Am's Outlander DPS 650 Is the Do-Anything ATV," 10 Jan. 2019 Updraft: Heat creates extremely powerful winds that can sweep skyward at up to 120 mph. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "How Forest Fires Make Their Own Hellish Weather," 12 Nov. 2018 One recent day at Niamey’s airport, two French fighter jets screeched skyward from the runway as a giant American C-130 transporter plane taxied below. Joe Parkinson, WSJ, "‘A Nest of Spies’: Niger’s Deserts Become Front Line of Fight Against Jihadism," 17 Sep. 2018 Perched on top of the vehicle is a capsule for crew members, which the rocket carries skyward during flight. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Blue Origin will push its rocket ‘to its limits’ with high-altitude emergency abort test today," 18 July 2018 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

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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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