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

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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Adverb or adjective

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

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During heavy rains, water rushes southward down Dellwood, crosses Oblate, then heads down McCullough to Barbara Drive. Austin Taylor Staff Writer, ExpressNews.com, "With 34 houses gone, a San Antonio neighborhood could beat the odds in the next deluge," 29 July 2019 Recent bird sightings as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society: Mid-July is a fine time to look for southward-migrating shorebirds at outlying coastal beaches, mudflats, and saltmarsh areas, as well as muddy pond edges in more inland areas. BostonGlobe.com, "Bird sightings," 22 July 2019 The next section in the works is an 8-mile stretch that will connect the East Shore Trail at Sand Harbor State Park on southward along Highway 28 past Secret Cove and inland to Spooner Junction. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Lake Tahoe loop trail inches closer to completion," 12 July 2019 The obvious solution was to ship the rain southward, by diverting several rivers, including California’s two largest, the Sacramento and the San Joaquin. Gerard Helferich, WSJ, "‘The Dreamt Land’ Review: California’s Precious Resource," 14 June 2019 Canadiens plunge plunging southward east of Bayeux could see the Germans ahead assembling for new efforts. Wes Gallagher, Houston Chronicle, "YANKS TAKE TOWN NEAR CHERBOURG," 9 June 2019 If these meanders, or ripples, are extreme, cold Arctic air can spill southward or hotter air from the middle of the planet can move north. Somini Sengupta, New York Times, "A Heat Wave Tests Europe’s Defenses. Expect More.," 1 July 2019 An unstable polar vortex can expand and send cold Arctic air into the jet stream, leading to frigid winter weather and storms southward. Christina Nunez, National Geographic, "The jet stream, explained," 8 Mar. 2019 Our first port stop southward from Memphis was Helena, Arkansas, home of the annual King Biscuit Blues Festival and radio station KFFA, which has a museum with decades and decades of music for passersby to sit and enjoy. cleveland.com, "Cruising the Mississippi River: New ships, insightful port excursions update a nostalgic float," 23 June 2019

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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 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

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before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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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 How to pronounce southward (audio) \

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: toward the south

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