adverb or adjective
south·​west·​ward | \ sau̇(th)-ˈwes-twərd How to pronounce southwestward (audio) \

Definition of southwestward

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: toward the southwest



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Adverb or adjective

southwestwards \ sau̇(th)-​ˈwes-​twərdz How to pronounce southwestward (audio) \ adverb

Examples of southwestward in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb or adjective 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, 1 July 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Four lengthy dry periods that occurred between 6.25 million and 8.75 million years ago likely drove those creatures to migrate southwestward into Africa, Böhme and her colleagues reported last month in Communications Earth & Environment. Sid Perkins, Science | AAAS, 4 June 2021 The long-range track from the hurricane center shows Gamma drifting southwestward in the Bay of Campeche through at least Friday. Leigh Morgan, al, 4 Oct. 2020 The storm is expected to turn toward the west or west-southwest tonight or Monday, and a slow southwestward motion should continue Monday night through early Wednesday. Gene Norman And Susannah Cullinane, CNN, 4 Oct. 2020 After day 3, the ridge should force Karen to move west-southwestward. Richard Tribou,, 25 Sep. 2019 After Tropical Storm Jerry pulls away, a lobe of the Bermuda High will be displaced southwestward, essentially blocking Karen and shunting it northwest toward the Southeast United States or perhaps west toward Florida and the Gulf of Mexico., 24 Sep. 2019 Rommel was reported concentrating fresh troops around St. Lo, target of American forces driving southwestward from the Cerisy Forest, fully occupied Monday by doughboys who there reached a point 18 miles or more from the landing beaches. Wes Gallagher, Houston Chronicle, 9 June 2019 Adding to these concerns is a new twist the forecast models are indicating will happen—a southwestward jog toward Georgia. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 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, 10 July 2018

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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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