south·​ward | \ ˈsau̇th-wərd \

Definition of southward

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: toward the south

southward

noun

Definition of southward (Entry 2 of 2)

: southward direction or part sail to the southward

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Other Words from southward

Adverb or adjective

southwards \ ˈsau̇th-​wərdz \ adverb

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Thousands of years later, a lineage of people descending from the ANC-B group also expanded southward, making contact with those communities. Carl Zimmer, New York Times, "The Great Breakup: The First Arrivals to the Americas Split Into Two Groups," 31 May 2018 So all those planes arriving from south of Seattle — the majority — must fly north past the airport, overflying either Eastside cities or Puget Sound to the west, then turn southward in an arc for final approach. Dominic Gates, The Seattle Times, "As Sea-Tac Airport traffic booms, distant neighborhoods are noisy despite FAA plan," 25 Oct. 2018 Here, there are long benches against the wall looking southward over a wide lawn, a place to rest your eyes. Julie V. Iovine, WSJ, "A Buoyant Building for Looking and Learning," 12 Nov. 2018 Arlington and Via have plans to expand the service southward in the coming weeks. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "This city has a vision for mass transit that doesn’t involve city buses," 31 Aug. 2018 In the natural course of things, that sand would be replenished by grains carried by the Atlantic’s southward-moving currents. Vince Beiser, WSJ, "The Battle for Our Beaches," 19 July 2018 Allis-Chalmers eventually shut down its Milwaukee operations, which extended southward from what's now the corner of South First and East Florida streets. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Model railroad club still operates in a historic train station hiding in plain sight in the Harbor District," 13 July 2018 Winds were pushing the fire southward up a ridge, threatening about 50 to 75 homes. Amina Khan, latimes.com, "Brush fire in Burbank hills prompts mandatory evacuations of dozens of homes," 7 July 2018 But then China joined the war, pouring in troops and driving the Americans and their United Nations allies southward. New York Times, "Trump-Kim Deal Promises Answers for Families of Korean War M.I.A.s," 15 June 2018

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Although a larger British force wiped it out in a hard-fought battle, the delay to the British southward advance gave the Americans a strategic victory. William Anthony Hay, WSJ, "‘The Tragedy of Benedict Arnold’ and ‘Turncoat’ Review: His Own Worst Enemy," 24 May 2018 Chicago lies in the transition zone between cold air to the north and mild, moist air from the Gulf of Mexico to the south, and where the boundary passes a point in its gradual southward push, the temperature drop is remarkable. Tom Skilling, chicagotribune.com, "A 21-degree drop in 10 minutes as wintry weather set for weekend comeback," 13 Apr. 2018 Not all of these fractures formed at the same time, but followed a sequence starting in the Afar region in northern Ethiopia at around 30m years ago and propagating southwards towards Zimbabwe at a mean rate of between 2.5-5cm a year. Lucia Perez Diaz, CNN, "Big crack evidence East Africa could be splitting in two," 5 Apr. 2018 The standstill coincides with the last glacial maximum (about 26,000 years ago to 19,000 years ago), the most recent period in Earth’s history when the ice sheets were at their furthest southward extension (think glaciers down to New York City). Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "Humans May Have Arrived in North America 10,000 Years Earlier Than We Thought," 31 Jan. 2017 The standstill coincides with the last glacial maximum (about 26,000 years ago to 19,000 years ago), the most recent period in Earth’s history when the ice sheets were at their furthest southward extension (think glaciers down to New York City). Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "Humans May Have Arrived in North America 10,000 Years Earlier Than We Thought," 31 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of southward

Adverb or adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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southward

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of southward

: toward the south
south·​ward | \ ˈsau̇th-wərd \

Kids Definition of southward

: toward the south

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