adverb or adjective
west·​ward | \ ˈwes-twərd How to pronounce westward (audio) \

Definition of westward

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: toward the west



Definition of westward (Entry 2 of 2)

: westward direction or part sail to the westward

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Adverb or adjective

westwards \ ˈwes-​twərdz How to pronounce westward (audio) \ adverb

Examples of westward in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb or adjective Damian Frisby remembers a snow slide on Highway 50 outside South Lake Tahoe a few years ago that caused gridlock for weekend skiers driving home westward. Gregory Thomas, San Francisco Chronicle, "Tahoe officials say it's not uncommon for GPS to lead drivers to treacherous roads: 'You might die'," 4 Feb. 2021 Each traveled westward over the course of their careers on assignment to document events relevant to the times. John Zotos, Dallas News, "‘Mythmakers’ at the Amon Carter Museum takes a critical look at two icons of American art," 4 Feb. 2021 The busiest tropical cyclone basin is in the western Pacific, where there are the most landfalls and the shift westward is twice as big as the global average. Seth Borenstein, Star Tribune, "Tropical cyclones are nearing land more, except in Atlantic," 28 Jan. 2021 Tribes in California had to contend with the Spanish mission system, which swept its way up the coastline in the 1700s, and then the United States government, which pushed westward, resolute in its belief in Manifest Destiny. Ryan Kost, SFChronicle.com, "The Ohlone are building a new homeland in the East Bay, 1 half-acre at a time," 13 Jan. 2021 Once the storm makes landfall it is expected to to move westward and southwestward through Central America. Hollie Silverman, CNN, "Hurricane Iota expected to hit Central America as an 'extremely dangerous' Category 4 storm," 16 Nov. 2020 It is expected to move westward and then southwestward. Mark Schleifstein, NOLA.com, "Tropical Depression 19 forms off Miami, could make landfall in Louisiana: See forecast track," 11 Sep. 2020 The semi-autobiographical books did, after all, pull from Wilder's own experiences as a young girl growing up in a pioneer family, moving ever farther westward. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Laura Ingalls Wilder's Life Was Immortalized in Little House Books—But That Was Only Part of the Story," 28 Dec. 2020 During his lifetime, Adams, a Boston Brahmin who lived from 1838 to 1918, saw the energy of an increasingly industrial and imperial nation flow westward, away from New England. Barbara Spindel, The Christian Science Monitor, "Henry Adams clung to the idea of a ruling elite in American life," 22 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Some models, like the Canadian and American, track it far enough offshore that areas from the District westward miss the steady, heavy precipitation. Washington Post, "A pasty snow may fall heavily Sunday morning in D.C. area," 6 Feb. 2021 Storms generally move east to west because of trade winds in the tropics, so a greater westward shift usually puts them closer to where the land is, Wang said. Seth Borenstein, Star Tribune, "Tropical cyclones are nearing land more, except in Atlantic," 28 Jan. 2021 The trophy walleye fishermen have been heading to the Catawba Peninsula lately, launching at Catawba Island State Park and heading westward to pull diving plugs around the Niagara Reef complex. cleveland, "Walleye anglers hoping bonanza will last: NE Ohio fishing report for weekend of Jan. 15-17," 14 Jan. 2021 Forecasters reported a significant westward shift in Eta's track on Monday afternoon, which showed the tropical storm traveling north in a straight line from the western tip of Cuba to the Gulf Coast over the next few days. Carlie Wells, NOLA.com, "Tropical Storm Eta shifts significantly west in Gulf of Mexico; see latest forecast," 9 Nov. 2020 Eta was expected to make a westward turn Sunday somewhere in the Florida Straits between Cuba and the Florida Keys or South Florida, AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dan Pydynowski said. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "Deadly Tropical Storm Eta targets Florida, would be state's first landfall of historic hurricane season," 8 Nov. 2020 An intrepid reporter on the first westward stage shared the grim observations made along the 75-mile waterless stretch coming to the Pecos from the east. John Maccormack, San Antonio Express-News, "Horse Head Crossing — where men and cattle died," 6 Nov. 2020 There has been a slight westward shift in the forecast track this morning for the first 24-36 hours. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, "Drama-Free This Week While Gulf Coast Braces for Major Hurricane Delta," 6 Oct. 2020 After two days of explosive growth, the Archie Creek Fire’s seemingly inexorable westward expansion has slowed. oregonlive, "Archie Creek fire, so intense it destroyed highway guardrails, slows after burning 115,00 acres in Douglas County," 11 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of westward

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before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


circa 1596, in the meaning defined above

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“Westward.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/westward. Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of westward

: toward the west


adverb or adjective
west·​ward | \ ˈwest-wərd How to pronounce westward (audio) \

Kids Definition of westward

: toward the west Settlers moved westward.

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