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

Other Words from southward

Adverb or adjective

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

Examples of southward in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb or adjective Areas of drizzle are possible along Oregon’s coast overnight Thursday and into Friday as a weak front travels along the beaches southward towards California. oregonlive, 15 Sep. 2022 As the cold front which is bringing us the rainfall sags southward, temperatures will cool and the humidity levels will also drop. Dave Epstein,, 5 Sep. 2022 Flooding will remain possible today as a slow-moving band of rain and a few storms sinks southward across the state. Leigh Morgan, al, 23 Feb. 2022 Snow will continue southward through Missouri and Arkansas on Friday before some type of winter weather reaches the Deep South over the weekend. Judson Jones And Monica Garrett, CNN, 12 Jan. 2022 The storms are expected to move southward through the evening hours. Leigh Morgan, al, 13 July 2022 Then on Wednesday the threat for strong storms shifts southward to include south and east Alabama. Leigh Morgan, al, 12 July 2022 Above-normal potential wraps southward from there toward the Tehachapi Mountains through the coastal ranges and the central and southern Sierra Nevada. Los Angeles Times, 7 July 2022 Fog is thick and heavy from about Salem southward as far as Eugene in the Willamette Valley, and some metro locations were seeing some patches early in the day. oregonlive, 18 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Areas from about Salem southward may stay mostly dry. oregonlive, 31 Mar. 2022 This follows a closure of about 8 months as work on a major reconstruction of Broad Street advanced southward from the Spring Hill Avenue intersection, which at that time had recently reopened after its own extended closure. al, 18 Nov. 2021 Meanwhile, China has been locking down its major cities to prevent the spread of Covid, turning the world's second-largest economy southward and exacerbating shortages that have helped drive prices of just about everything higher. David Goldman, CNN, 3 June 2022 Eddies that spin off the northern edge of the Gulf Stream trap warmer water from the south; eddies formed from the southern edge carry cool water southward. Stephanie Pain, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 June 2022 The afternoon also includes chances of thunderstorms and strong winds in areas from Salem southward. oregonlive, 27 May 2022 Ventura and San Bernardino counties that rely on the State Water Project, which transports water southward from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. Ian Jamesstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 25 May 2022 The film, which debuts at the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, sees Baier shifting his focus southward to Sicily in 2020, just prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and deep within the European migrant crisis. Jd Linville, Variety, 23 May 2022 This may allow Russia to form a pincer in conjunction with a thrust pressing southward towards Lyman that could leave the veteran Ukrainian brigades in Severodonetsk encircled. Sebastien Roblin, Forbes, 22 May 2022 See More

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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 30 Sep. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of southward

: toward the south

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