sunward

1 of 2

adverb

sun·​ward ˈsən-wərd How to pronounce sunward (audio)
variants or sunwards
: toward the sun

sunward

2 of 2

adjective

: facing the sun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web
Adverb
Turtles, snakes and voles stretch sunward after months of subterranean winter. New York Times, 23 Apr. 2018
Adjective
Propulsion systems and solar panels would go on the sunward side, and the optics and instruments, which must operate below minus 223 degrees Celsius, would huddle on the dark side. Quanta Magazine, 3 Dec. 2021 The temperature on the bottom layer--the most sunward side--will reach about 185°F, not far from the boiling point of water. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, 22 June 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

Adverb

1633, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1743, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sunward was in 1633

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Cite this Entry

“Sunward.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sunward. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

sunward

1 of 2 adverb
sun·​ward ˈsən-wərd How to pronounce sunward (audio)
: toward the sun
the planet tilted sunward

sunward

2 of 2 adjective
: facing the sun
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