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northward Line breaks: north|ward
Pronunciation: /ˈnɔːθwəd/

Definition of northward in English:


Lying towards, near, or facing the north: the current that runs northward up this coastline
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  • The flashing light paced our aircraft in steady northward direction.
  • Parts of Scotland provide a suitable habitat for this bird, but its range in that country seems to be slowly contracting in a northward direction.
  • Allardyce's Brazilian target may be slipping away from him in a northward direction, however.


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(also northwards) Towards the north.
Example sentences
  • Similarly, warm tropical air masses move freely northward in the summer.
  • The miners traveling northward need sled dogs to explore the snowy reaches of the Klondike, since it is too difficult to travel through these areas on foot, and a horse's hooves would push right through that deep snow.


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The direction or region to the north: a foray to the northward
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  • This is the area that got overtop right there in the northward.
  • Having recovered the servant, boots included, we left in the midst of a smart shower of rain, running out of harbor under all plain sail before a fresh breeze from the northward, and Halifax soon faded in the distance.



adjective& adverb
Example sentences
  • The Caribbean archipelago links the major supplier and primary consumer of cocaine, and our island states, caught in the middle, are used to northwardly relay billions in dollars of narcotics annually.
  • Ward et al. reported that, on the basis of paleomagnetic studies, the Nanaimo Group has undergone about 3500 km of northwardly movement from its original position near modern-day Baja California.

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