Definition of southward in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsouTHwərd/


In a southerly direction: employment and people began a southward drift
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  • There's a feeling that the city is ready to face up to these challenges and to halt the southward drift of its most energetic citizens.
  • A general, well-known trend of North American migration is that birds fly in a northward direction in the spring and a southward direction in the fall.
  • The ecological barriers posed by the Alps, the Mediterranean Sea, and the Sahara seem to prevent most long-distance migrants from flying on a direct southward course from Europe to Africa.


(also southwards)
Toward the south: he took a train that carried him southward
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  • The remainder of the clan had over the year migrated southwards towards the porcelain industry in Stourbridge.
  • The streets are busy, with small groups heading steadily southwards towards the nightclub.
  • Start the walk on the main village street and head southwards, in the opposite direction to the bridge over the River Tame.


(the southward)
The direction or region to the south: cool air from the ocean to the southward
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  • But until then, the best way to ride out a Toba eruption is to do so in a place a bit to the eastward, and a bit to the southward (just the other side of the equator).



Example sentences
  • Charley was heading straight for us in the morning, but took a southwardly slant in the afternoon causing it pass safely below us leaving us with just some annoying rain and a little wind.
  • Thence proceeding southwardly along the east side of the Greenwich Connector Road to Greenwich Road South.
  • We kept our course southwardly for four days after giving up the search for Glass's islands, without meeting with any ice at all.

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Syllabification: south·ward

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