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adv. & adj.
Toward, to, or in the north.
A northern direction, point, or region.

north′ward·ly adv. & adj.
north′wards adv.


(ˈnɔːθwəd; ˈnɔːðəd)
moving, facing, or situated towards the north
the northward part, direction, etc; the north
a variant of northwards
ˈnorthwardly adj, adv


(ˈnɔrθ wərd; Naut. ˈnɔr ðərd)

1. Also, north′wards. toward the north.
2. moving, bearing, facing, or situated toward the north.
3. the northward part, direction, or point.
Also, north′ward•ly (for defs. 1,2).
[before 1100; Middle English; Old English northweard]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.northward - the cardinal compass point that is at 0 or 360 degrees
cardinal compass point - one of the four main compass points
Adj.1.northward - moving toward the north; "the northbound lane"; "we took the north train"; "the northward flow of traffic"
north - situated in or facing or moving toward or coming from the north; "artists like north light"; "the north portico"
Adv.1.northward - in a northern direction; "they earn more up north"; "Let's go north!"
نَحْو الشَّمالنَحْو الشَّمال، شَمالا
na sever
mod nord
í norîur
kuzeyekuzeye doğru giden


A. ADJ [movement, migration] → hacia el norte, en dirección norte
B. ADV (also northwards) → hacia el norte, en dirección norte


[ˈnɔːrθwərd] adv (also northwards) → vers le nord, en direction du nord
adj [journey] → vers le nord, en direction du nordnorth-west [ˈnɔːrθˈwɛst]
nnord-ouest m
adjnord-ouest inv
in north-west London → dans le nord-ouest de Londres
advvers le nord-ouestnorth-westerly northwesterly [ˌnɔːrθˈwɛstərli] adj [wind, direction] → du nord-ouest; [point] → au nord-ouestnorth-western [ˈnɔːrθˈwɛstərn] adj [coast, part] → nord-ouest inv; [Europe] → du nord-ouest


(noːθ) noun
1. the direction to the left of a person facing the rising sun, or any part of the earth lying in that direction. He faced towards the north; The wind is blowing from the north; I used to live in the north of England.
2. (also N) one of the four main points of the compass.
1. in the north. on the north bank of the river.
2. from the direction of the north. a north wind.
towards the north. The stream flows north.
ˈnortherly (-ðə-) adjective
1. (of a wind etc) coming from the north. a northerly breeze.
2. looking, lying etc towards the north. in a northerly direction.
ˈnorthern (-ðən) adjective
of the north or the North.
ˈnortherner (-ðə-) noun
a person who lives, or was born, in a northern region or country.
ˈnorthernmost (-ðən-) adjective
being furthest north. the northernmost point of the coast.
ˈnorthward adjective
towards the north. in a northward direction.
ˈnorthward(s) adverb
towards the north. They were travelling northwards.
ˈnorthbound adjective
travelling northwards. the northbound railway-line.
ˌnorth-ˈeast / ˌnorth-ˈwest nouns, adjective
(in or from) the direction midway between north and east or north and west, or any part of the earth lying in that direction. the north-east counties; a north-west wind.
towards the north-east or north-west. The building faces north-west.
ˌnorth-ˈeasterly / ˌnorth-ˈwesterly adjective
1. (of a wind etc) coming from the north-east or north-west. a north-easterly wind.
2. looking, lying etc towards the north-east or north-west. a north-westerly direction.
ˌnorth-ˈeastern / ˌnorth-ˈwestern adjective
of the north-east or north-west.
the North Pole
the northern end of the imaginary line through the earth, round which it turns.
References in classic literature ?
We passed out between the East and West Furies; and a little farther northward there are so many breakers that the sea is called the Milky Way.
An hour later, after nightfall, he repassed the plantation, going northward in the direction from which he had come.
I suppose it is your way of saying Northward and Southward.
The field-folk shut in there traded northward and westward, travelled, courted, and married northward and westward, thought northward and westward; those on this side mainly directed their energies and attention to the east and south.
So it is when we travel northward, but in a somewhat lesser degree, for the number of species of all kinds, and therefore of competitors, decreases northwards; hence in going northward, or in ascending a mountain, we far oftener meet with stunted forms, due to the directly injurious action of climate, than we do in proceeding southwards or in descending a mountain.
So, be ye wily," said Robin Hood, "and keep well away from the northward roads till ye have gotten well to the eastward.
Then he resumed his northward way, traveling at a dogged trot that ate up the miles with marvelous rapidity.
The boat scudded thus northward during the whole day, borne on by monstrous waves, preserving always, fortunately, a speed equal to theirs.
At the same time four of their fighting machines, similarly armed with tubes, crossed the river, and two of them, black against the western sky, came into sight of myself and the curate as we hurried wearily and painfully along the road that runs northward out of Halliford.
In another direction were to be seen some of the sources of the Oregon, or Columbia, flowing to the northwest, past those towering landmarks the Three Tetons, and pouring down into the great lava plain; while, almost at the captain's feet, the Green River, or Colorado of the West, set forth on its wandering pilgrimage to the Gulf of California; at first a mere mountain torrent, dashing northward over a crag and precipice, in a succession of cascades, and tumbling into the plain where, expanding into an ample river, it circled away to the south, and after alternately shining out and disappearing in the mazes of the vast landscape, was finally lost in a horizon of mountains.
However, he had to make up his mind to being borne farther to the northward and even a little to the east.
Yet what Jerry did was to diverge from the line of retreat and to start northward, across the bounds of Somo, and continue northward into a strange land of the unknown.

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