adv. & adj.
To or toward the earth.

earth′wards adv.


directed towards the earth
a variant of earthwards


(ˈɜrθ wərd)

1. Also, earth′wards. toward the earth.
2. directed toward the earth.


[ˈɜːθwəd] ADVhacia la tierra
References in classic literature ?
The more he seeketh to rise into the height and light, the more vigorously do his roots struggle earthward, downward, into the dark and deep--into the evil.
The great trees bent in unison as though pressed earthward by a mighty hand.
And, all unsuspected, those missiles the Martians had fired at us drew earthward, rushing now at a pace of many miles a second through the empty gulf of space, hour by hour and day by day, nearer and nearer.
But as the day wore on and the gas diffused slowly from the balloon, it sank earthward again, details increased, men became more visible, and he began to hear the whistle and moan of trains and cars, sounds of cattle, bugles and kettle drums, and presently even men's voices.
In another moment a score of willing hands were tugging it earthward.
Yet did it quiver under the finger-tip caress in rhythmic vibrations that became whisperings and rustlings and mutterings of sound--but of sound so different; so elusively thin that it was shimmeringly sibilant; so mellow that it was maddening sweet, piping like an elfin horn, which last was just what Bassett decided would be like a peal from some bell of the gods reaching earthward from across space.
I had been forced to loosen my grasp on expectation; and, but an hour ago, had sunk slackly under the discouraging thought that the current of life, and the impulse of destiny, had swept her for ever from my reach; and, behold, while bending suddenly earthward beneath the pressure of despondency--while following with my eyes the track of sorrow on the turf of a graveyard--here was my lost jewel dropped on the tear-fed herbage, nestling in the messy and mouldy roots of yew-trees.
Kim quoted the proverb with a meditative cough, looking discreetly earthward.
Surely it was in this way that Homer saw the plain of Troy, that Dante saw the abodes of the departed, that Milton saw the earthward flight of the Tempter.
She broke forth as never moon yet burst from cloud: a hand first penetrated the sable folds and waved them away; then, not a moon, but a white human form shone in the azure, inclining a glorious brow earthward.
On foggy days like this, they remained on the roost for what seemed an eternity waiting for the visibility to improve before they sailed earthward hoping to avoid the waiting bobcats and coyotes, real or imagined.
To my utter amazement (and my brother's), the duck folded up in mid-air and began cart-wheeling earthward, tumbling through the treetops far downstream and disappearing.