adverb or adjective
south·​west·​ward | \ sau̇(th)-ˈwes-twərd \

Definition of southwestward

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: toward the southwest



Definition of southwestward (Entry 2 of 2)

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Adverb or adjective

southwestwards \ sau̇(th)-​ˈwes-​twərdz \ adverb

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Byproducts of the raging, 16,000-plus-acre fire had been swept southwestward by winds, reaching at least as far as the San Francisco Bay Area less than 24 hours after the blaze ignited. Michael Mcgough, sacbee, "Bay Area residents wake up to ashfall from the County Fire, about 75 miles away," 1 July 2018

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Adding to these concerns is a new twist the forecast models are indicating will happen—a southwestward jog toward Georgia. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "The Hurricane Florence forecast has gone from bad to worse," 12 Sep. 2018 The storms continued their southwestward march, tracking in all, more than 200 miles, toward the town of Yuma before weakening upon crossing the Mexican border. Matthew Cappucci, Washington Post, "‘One of the most incredible sights’: Monster dust storm sweeps across Southern Arizona," 10 July 2018 Instead, Mitch moved westward and then southwestward, making a landfall in Honduras and Nicaragua. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Supercomputers are driving a revolution in hurricane forecasting," 9 May 2018 The National Weather Service in Mobile said a band of light to moderate snow was falling across much of southwest Alabama, extending from Wilcox county southwestward to Mobile county as of just after 9 p.m. Leigh Morgan,, "Snow piles up in Alabama; concern shifts to icing tonight," 8 Dec. 2017 Irma could eventually be steered southwestward, which is a worrying forecast for the Leeward Islands. Leigh Morgan,, "Hurricane Irma expected to become 'extremely dangerous' but far out in Atlantic," 31 Aug. 2017 A tropical wave is causing disorganized cloudiness and showers from the Cabo Verde Island southwestward across the Atlantic, the National Hurricane Center reported Thursday evening (July 27)., "National Hurricane Center watching tropical wave," 27 July 2017

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First Known Use of southwestward

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1548, in the meaning defined above


1532, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of southwestward was in 1532

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English Language Learners Definition of southwestward

: toward the southwest

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to express emotion in a dramatic way

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