Definition of southward in English:


Syllabification: south·ward
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) Back to top  
  • 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) Back to top  
  • 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).



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  • 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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