adverb or adjective
south·​ward | \ ˈsau̇th-wərd How to pronounce southward (audio) \

Definition of southward

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: toward the south



Definition of southward (Entry 2 of 2)

: southward direction or part sail to the southward

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southwards \ ˈsau̇th-​wərdz How to pronounce southwards (audio) \ adverb

Examples of southward in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb or adjective Tropical storm warnings have been extended southward as of Friday morning to cover more of the East Coast. Leigh Morgan, al, "Tropical Storm Fay path update: Fay gets stronger again, warnings extended southward along East Coast," 10 July 2020 The massive banner-like project spans two blocks of 16th Street, a central axis that leads southward straight to the White House. Aj Willingham, CNN, "Activists paint giant 'Black Lives Matter' message on the road to the White House," 5 June 2020 But when global temperatures started their long descent about 52 million years ago, oaks were gradually pushed southward, away from the land bridges that have connected Eurasia and North America intermittently over the past 50 million years. Andrew L. Hipp, Scientific American, "How Oak Trees Evolved to Rule the Forests of the Northern Hemisphere," 15 July 2020 Forecasters believe areas of the Willamette Valley from Salem southward are unlikely to see any rain Thursday. oregonlive, "Portland Wednesday weather: Morning clouds clear for partly sunny afternoon; high 76," 8 July 2020 By Thursday afternoon, heat index values will begin to top out around 105 from Kansas southward to Texas and east through Missouri, Arkansas and Louisiana. Jeff Berardelli, CBS News, "Heat wave to bake most of U.S.," 5 July 2020 There is also a Slight Risk, level 2 of 5, for severe storms from the Upper Great Lakes southward to the Central Plains including Detroit, Cleveland and Kansas City. Allison Chinchar And Monica Garrett, CNN, "Over 80 million Americans under threat of severe storms Friday and Saturday," 26 June 2020 Flash flood watches are out for around 10 million people from Minnesota and Wisconsin, southward into Missouri. Judson Jones, CNN, "Cristobal continues to unleash strong winds and heavy rain across the Midwest," 9 June 2020 The system — charged by a cold front that's dropping out of the Illinois and Michigan area and pushing southward — could hit anywhere between 4 p.m. and midnight, Puma said. Matthew Vantryon, Indianapolis Star, "Live updates: Sixth night of protests Downtown ends peacefully," 3 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The oaks were finally stopped in their march southward, perhaps by dramatic reduction in seasonality or strong competition from tropical forest species, only barely making it across the Isthmus of Panama into the north of South America. Andrew L. Hipp, Scientific American, "How Oak Trees Evolved to Rule the Forests of the Northern Hemisphere," 15 July 2020 That cold front dropped southward and eastward into Delaware and northeastern and central Maryland through the evening, becoming stationary along the D.C.-Maryland line. Washington Post, "Loud, damaging and repeated storms deluged the D.C. area Monday night. Here’s how it happened.," 7 July 2020 Unusual weather patterns, which boosted vegetation over parts of the Horn of Africa and the Arab peninsula from last year, saw the pests fly southwards, creating an unprecedented threat to food security. Brian Parkin,, "Locust Swarms Due in June Raise Risk of Food Crisis," 26 May 2020 The caribou are also moving southward of their customary routes. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "With calves about to drop, Nelchina caribou are moving late and through deep snow," 9 May 2020 Through the purchase of 500 First — previously occupied by the federal Bureau of Prisons — Georgetown has stretched the East End campus southward to E Street NW. Nick Anderson, Washington Post, "Georgetown University is building more student housing — but not in Georgetown," 29 Nov. 2019 January 21: Imminent polar vortex As my time with the I-Pace was coming to an end, the polar vortex was beginning its southward march upon the upper Midwest. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Living with range anxiety: Two weeks with the Jaguar I-Pace," 13 Nov. 2019 Parts of the Great Lakes, as well as parts of the Northeast southward to the Southern Mid-Atlantic, among other areas, are under similar warnings and advisories. Fox News, "Heatwave across US could see feels-like temps reach triple digits this weekend, NWS warns," 21 July 2019 France sent more than 4,000 troops to stop the rebels’ southwards advance on the capital of their former colony, Bamako, and drove them out of the larger cities. W.b., The Economist, "A new round of violence in Mali," 3 July 2019

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First Known Use of southward

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before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Southward.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of southward

: toward the south


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south·​ward | \ ˈsau̇th-wərd How to pronounce southward (audio) \

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: toward the south

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