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adverb or adjective

south·​east·​ward sau̇th-ˈēs-twərd How to pronounce southeastward (audio)
: toward the southeast
southeastwards adverb


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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web
Adverb or adjective
That action sent a cascade of freshwater – filled with nutrient-rich agricultural runoff – flowing southeastward, eventually into the warm Mississippi Sound. al, 21 Dec. 2019 Heavy snow was falling on the northern Rockies and was moving southeastward along with a charge of cold air, AccuWeather said. Editors, USA TODAY, 11 Oct. 2019 High pressure over the upper Great Lakes will ridge southeastward into Connecticut on Monday bringing a partly sunny sky and comfortable humidity as the dew point drops from near 60 degrees around sunrise to the mid-50s by the late morning., 17 June 2019 Cooler air will sweep southeastward across the Midwest and Northeast during Monday night and Tuesday, AccuWeather said. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 14 June 2018
Moving south-southeastward at about six miles per hour, the storm is expected to track right along the coast through the weekend before heading back out to sea on Monday. Tom Yulsman, Discover Magazine, 12 Apr. 2014 According to Accuweather the massive storm over the Central states will drag the coldest air of the season southeastward across the Plains, Mississippi Valley and Midwest late this week. Ramon Padilla, USA Today, 13 Dec. 2022 Radar on Thursday morning showed the storm was moving southeastward, Hand said. Los Angeles Times, 1 Dec. 2022 The tornado formed within a supercell, or rotating thunderstorm, that erupted over eastern Montgomery County around 5 p.m. Tuesday before diving southeastward through Bowie and then central and southern Anne Arundel County. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, 5 July 2022 As the front pushes southeastward into Tuesday, the Northeast will finally be able to enjoy calm, seasonable weather, AccuWeather said. Editors, USA TODAY, 26 July 2022 The storms will develop in northwestern Massachusetts between 2 and 4 p.m. and move southeastward through Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts before losing force and moving off shore by 10 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. Alison Cross, Hartford Courant, 2 July 2022 The National Weather Service received nearly 600 reports of severe weather Monday as violent thunderstorms erupted in the Midwest and charged southeastward through the Ohio Valley into southwest Virginia and western North Carolina. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, 14 June 2022 The National Weather Service is watching a system dropping southeastward over the Pacific and expecting the bulk of it to move into northwest Oregon and southwest Washington by the afternoon. oregonlive, 12 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Adverb Or Adjective

1528, in the meaning defined above


1555, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of southeastward was in 1528

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Cite this Entry

“Southeastward.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Mar. 2023.

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adverb or adjective
: toward the southeast
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