west·ward | \ˈwes-twərd \

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 \-twərdz \ adverb

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The sponsorship changed many times (Ericsson, NASDAQ, Sony, Itau), but the quality of play and the views westward toward the glittering Miami skyline never waned. Chris Perkins, Sun-Sentinel.com, "John Isner finds his game, wins final Miami Open singles title in Key Biscayne," 1 Apr. 2018 For German civilians, there are, or soon will be, two unpleasantly overlapping options: surrender here to the invading forces, or journey westward toward the Reich, and surrender there. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "Walter Kempowski’s Epic Novel of Germany in Collapse," 21 Mar. 2016 Fittingly, its latest endeavour again involves looking westward for new technologies. The Economist, "China’s new $15bn tech fund emulates SoftBank’s Vision Fund," 5 July 2018 Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at U.C.L.A., said the heat in California was part of the same high-pressure weather system that brought scorching temperatures to the East Coast earlier in the week, and then expanded westward. Tim Arango, New York Times, "Record Heat in Southern California, and an Ominous Start to Wildfire Season," 7 July 2018 Continuing westward, Serenity will spend 11 days on an extensive exploration of New Zealand's coast line before visiting Australia for 12 days. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY, "Luxury line Crystal Cruises plans another epic world voyage in 2020," 6 July 2018 Meteorologists said the storm was nearly stationary, but was developing westward at 5 mph. Wilborn P. Nobles Iii, NOLA.com, "Strong thunderstorm with 'torrential' rain hitting New Orleans East Friday afternoon," 1 June 2018 The campaign highlights fixes the bank has made, as well as its more than 165-year-old history, including its role transporting gold across American as the nation was expanding westward. Deon Roberts, charlotteobserver, "Wells Fargo knows customers are still frustrated. Here's what they're doing about it. | Charlotte Observer," 7 May 2018 Eleven troop carrier trucks, ambulances, jeeps, and Humvees rolled westward along Broward Boulevard beginning at 9 a .m. Wednesday before going on display in the park east of the Davie Pine Island Aquatic Center on Southwest 92 Avenue. Wayne K. Roustan, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Fourth of July parade features vintage military vehicles that keep rolling and rolling and...," 4 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The path of the relatively tiny Hurricane Beryl is currently tracking westwards through the Atlantic in the general direction of Puerto Rico. Billy Perrigo, Time, "Hurricane Beryl Is Officially the First Atlantic Hurricane of the Year. Here's Where it's Headed," 6 July 2018 One of the highlights is the new entrance into the arch, a light-gathering disk with a westward facing crescent entryway. Gary Garth, USA TODAY, "Gateway Arch: An American classic gets a major overhaul," 29 June 2018 Initially, the westward pull resulted from the nation’s rapid geographic expansion. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, "Artists explore American identity in Sondheim Artscape Prize exhibit," 21 June 2018 On this date: In 1492, a contract was signed by Christopher Columbus and a representative of Spain's King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, giving Columbus a commission to seek a westward ocean passage to Asia. Staff, cleveland.com, "Comment here on cleveland.com court and crime stories for Tuesday, April 17, 2018," 17 Apr. 2018 Get our daily newsletter Via Pistoiese leads north-westwards from an ancient gate into a different world: the real Prato, a city of textiles, clothing and Chinese people of a different kind. The Economist, "Tuscan whineLong-term Chinese immigrants in Italy," 17 May 2018 Beijing also sees Iran as a vital notch in its Belt and Road project to spread Chinese influence and commerce westwards. Tim Lister, CNN, "The earthquake unleashed by Trump's departure from Iran nuclear deal," 8 May 2018 In 1492, a contract was signed by Christopher Columbus and a representative of Spain's King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, giving Columbus a commission to seek a westward ocean passage to Asia. azcentral, "AZ Memo: How to see meteor shows in Arizona; border agent's murder case goes to jury; education funding and future tech jobs," 17 Apr. 2018 In 1492, Christopher Columbus signed a contract with a representative of Spain’s King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, giving him a commission to seek a westward ocean passage to Asia. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 16 Apr. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of westward

: toward the west

west·ward | \ˈwest-wərd \

Kids Definition of westward

: toward the west Settlers moved westward.

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