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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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 France’s security priorities are focused southward, toward the Mediterranean and Africa, not eastward. Andrew A. Michta, WSJ, 6 July 2021 Dangerous storms continue to move southward into southern Ohio and Northern Kentucky, the National Weather Service said. Madeline Mitchell, The Enquirer, 18 June 2021 The project could help carry development, which has been moving southward on West 25th, across the RTA tracks and allow for future growth. Robert Higgs, cleveland, 7 June 2021 On Sunday, the cold front associated with the system is predicted to move southward, bringing Slight Risks of severe weather into the Mid-South. Julia Musto, Fox News, 8 May 2021 Potential for thunderstorms will expand southward to include the I-69 and M-59 corridors overnight. Amy Huschka, Detroit Free Press, 5 July 2021 As a cold front slowly starts to sag southward on Sunday, a few showers and storms will be possible during the daytime hours across the northern half of the state. Star Tribune, 2 July 2021 The upper low off the central California coast that has been bringing thunderstorms to the southern Cascades is expected to slowly drift southward beginning Thursday. oregonlive, 23 June 2021 As the dome of high pressure continues to hover over the area amidst a historic drought, the heat wave is expected to continue and push southward. Julia Musto, Fox News, 16 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The estimate did not include Chicot County, the southeasternmost county in the state, although it will likely be impacted as floodwaters continue to drain southward from Desha County on their way to the Mississippi River. Arkansas Online, 23 June 2021 Some major European exporters are resigned to the idea that, while the early disruption will eventually settle down, the logic of a Brexit deal that spurned closer ties will inevitably lead to a further drift southward of U.K.-E.U. trade volumes. Giulia Segreti And Simon Johnson, The Christian Science Monitor, 13 Apr. 2021 The major impacts have been observed from Matagorda southward. Matt Watt, San Antonio Express-News, 4 Mar. 2021 That results in a weaker, more wavy jet stream, which is more likely to spill its cold air southward. Jeff Berardelli, CBS News, 20 Feb. 2021 Rain will be possible from the Ohio River southward. Star Tribune, 3 Feb. 2021 That’s a configuration that tends to force a developing coastal storm south and east of Washington and allows cold air from the Canadian high pressure to drain southward into our region. Washington Post, 11 Dec. 2020 There was a short blast southward on Highway 101, but no roads were challenging. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, 6 Oct. 2020 Within a day, the whales had transitioned to singing during the day while making a beeline southward. Kate Baggaley, Popular Science, 2 Oct. 2020

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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 29 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of southward

: toward the south


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

Kids Definition of southward

: toward the south

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