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Definitions for westward
ˈwɛst wərdwest·ward

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. west, due west, westward, Wadjective

    the cardinal compass point that is a 270 degrees

  2. westbound, westerly, westwardadverb

    moving toward the west

    "westbound pioneers"

  3. westward, westwardsadverb

    toward the west

    "they traveled westward toward the setting sun"


  1. westwardnoun

    The western region or countries; the west.

  2. westwardadverb

    Toward the west; as, to ride or sail westward.

    Westward the course of empire takes its way. -George Berkeley.

  3. westwardadjective

    Lying toward the west.

    Yond same star that's westward from the pole. -William Shakespeare.

  4. Etymology: westweard.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Westwardadverb

    Towards the west.

    Etymology: westweard , Saxon.

    By water they found the sea westward from Peru, which is always very calm. George Abbot, Description of the World.

    The grove of sycamore,
    That westward rooteth from the city side. William Shakespeare.

    When westward like the sun you took your way,
    And from benighted Britain bore the day. Dryden.

    The storm flies,
    From westward, when the show’ry kids arise. Addison.

    At home then stay,
    Nor westward curious take thy way. Matthew Prior.


  1. westward

    Westward refers to the direction towards the west, or moving, facing or situated towards the west. This term is often used in travel or navigation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Westwardadverb

    alt. of Westwards

  2. Westwardadjective

    lying toward the west

  3. Westwardnoun

    the western region or countries; the west

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. westward

    [Anglo-Saxon weste-wearde].--Westward-hoe. To the west! It was one of the cries of the Thames watermen.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of westward in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of westward in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of westward in a Sentence

  1. Evan Myers:

    Kottlowski said. How fast or slow this non-tropical system moves will be an important factor on where Irma is steered this weekend into next week. The speed of this feature will determine when and how much Irma gets pulled northward or whether Irma continues on more of a westward track. This amount of uncertainty means that the entire southern and eastern U.S. should monitor Irma this week. Residents along the coast are urged to start preparing and making sure plans are in place to deal with the worst case scenario. This includes plans on how to evacuate and what is important to bring with you and your family. As we saw just 10 days ago with Harvey, it is important to be ready to evacuate, Evan Myers said. Be prepared with a list of items you would need to take if you had 30 minutes' notice or one hour's notice or six hours or a day to evacuate. Due to Irma following so closely on Irma's heels and since FEMA and other government resources will be strained, more preparation and storm aftermath may rest on individuals, Evan Myers said. It may be crucial to evacuate ahead of the storm, so preparation is key. If Irma were to make landfall as a Category 4 or 5 storm somewhere in the U.S., it would be in historical territory. The U.S. has not sustained a direct hit from two Category 4 or above hurricanes in more than 100 years.

  2. Francis M. Faber Jr.:

    Has any historian sought to question why the wagonmaster of America's westward-bound pioneers 'circled' the wagons instead of 'squaring' or 'triangulating' them for a better defense strategy in fighting-off Indian raids on the plains:

  3. Daniel Swain:

    Everything from the Rocky Mountain continental divide westward, including Colorado, Utah, Sierra Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico have fire conditions that look really, potentially explosive. The drought is even worse in those places than in Southern California, it looks pretty likely that it will be a severe fire season across most of West Linn.

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