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 (south′wərd, sŭth′ərd)
adv. & adj.
Toward, to, or in the south.
A southward direction, point, or region.

south′ward·ly adv. & adj.
south′wards adv.
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(ˈsaʊθwəd; ˈsʌðəd)
situated, directed, or moving towards the south
the southward part, direction, etc; the south
a variant of southwards
ˈsouthwardly adj, adv
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(ˈsaʊθ wərd; Naut. ˈsʌð ərd)

1. moving, bearing, facing, or situated toward the south.
2. coming from the south.
3. Also, south′wards. toward the south; south.
4. the southward part, direction, or point.
[before 900]
south′ward•ly, adj., adv.
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1. 'southwards'

If you move or look southwards, you move or look towards the south.

He took the road southwards into the hills.
The Duke turned to stare southwards.

Southwards is always an adverb.

2. 'southward'

In American English and old-fashioned British English, southward is often used instead of 'southwards'.

We headed southward on Route 95.

In both British and American English, southward is sometimes used as an adjective in front of a noun.

While I was sitting there I observed a large flying object coming from a southward direction.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.southward - the cardinal compass point that is at 180 degrees
cardinal compass point - one of the four main compass points
Adj.1.southward - moving toward the south; "a southbound train"
south - situated in or facing or moving toward or coming from the south; "the south entrance"
Adv.1.southward - toward the south; "the ship turned southerly"
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[ˈsaʊθwərd] southwards [ˈsaʊθwərdz]
advvers le sudsouth-west [ˌsaʊθˈwɛst]
nsud-ouest m
adjsud-ouest inv
advvers le sud-ouest, au sud-ouestsouth-westerly [ˌsaʊθˈwɛstərli] adj [wind, direction] → du sud-ouest; [point, area] → sud-ouestsouth-western [ˌsaʊθˈwɛstərn] adjsud-ouest inv
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(sauθ) noun
1. the direction to the right of a person facing the rising sun, or any part of the earth lying in that direction. He stood facing towards the south; She lives in the south of France.
2. one of the four main points of the compass.
1. in the south. She works on the south coast.
2. from the direction of the south. a south wind.
towards the south. This window faces south.
southerly (ˈsaðəli) adjective
1. (of a wind etc) coming from the south. a southerly wind.
2. looking, lying etc towards the south. in a southerly direction.
southern (ˈsaðən) adjective
of the south. Your speech sounds southern to me; Australia is in the southern hemisphere.
southerner (ˈsaðənə) noun
a person who lives, or was born, in a southern region or country.
southernmost (ˈsaðənmoust) adjective
being furthest south. the southernmost point on the mainland.
ˈsouthward adjective
towards the south. in a southward direction.
ˈsouthward(s) adverb
towards the south. We are moving southwards.
ˈsouthbound adjective
travelling southwards. southbound traffic.
ˌsouth-ˈeast / ˌsouth-ˈwest nouns
the direction midway between south and east or south and west, or any part of the earth lying in that direction.
1. in the south-east or south-west. the south-east coast.
2. from the direction of the south-east or south-west. a south-east wind.
towards the south-east or south-west. The gateway faces south-west.
ˌsouth-ˈeasterly / ˌsouth-ˈwesterly adjective
1. (of a wind etc) coming from the south-east or south-west. a south-easterly wind.
2. looking, lying etc towards the south-east or south-west. a south-westerly direction.
ˌsouth-ˈeastern / ˌsouth-ˈwestern adjective
of the south-east or south-west. a south-western dialect.
the South Pole
the southern end of the imaginary line through the earth, round which it turns.
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They walked on southward for ten minutes or more, then turned and walked back again to meet Noel Vanstone and Mrs.
San Fernando is forty leagues from Santiago; and it was my farthest point southward; for we here turned at right angles towards the coast.
At last, one day in early May, a letter reached her from a former friend of her mother's, to whom she had addressed inquiries long before--a person whom she had never seen--that a skilful milkmaid was required at a dairy-house many miles to the southward, and that the dairyman would be glad to have her for the summer months.
I made my preparations for my journey southward overnight; and I resolved to start for London the next day--unless I heard of some change in Mrs.
The clump of laurel in which the criminal lay was in the angle of a road which, after, ascending, southward, a steep acclivity to that point, turned sharply to the west, running along the summit for perhaps one hundred yards.
Wheel down, wheel down to southward; oh, Gooverooska, go!
The Hurricane.--A Forced Departure.--Loss of an Anchor.--Melancholy Reflections.--The Resolution adopted.--The Sand-Storm.--The Buried Caravan.--A Contrary yet Favorable Wind.--The Return southward.--Kennedy at his Post.
With sloping masts and dipping prow, As who pursued with yell and blow Still treads the shadow of his foe And forward bends his head, The ship drove fast, loud roared the blast, And southward aye we fled.
We must have been caught nearly at the centre of this circular storm, and Wolf Larsen ran out of it and to the southward, first under a double-reefed jib, and finally under bare poles.
An ice-field on the far horizon is moving slowly southward in the spectral light.
When we travel southward and see a species decreasing in numbers, we may feel sure that the cause lies quite as much in other species being favoured, as in this one being hurt.
Now, it being Christmas when the ship shot from out her harbor, for a space we had biting Polar weather, though all the time running away from it to the southward; and by every degree and minute of latitude which we sailed, gradually leaving that merciless winter, and all its intolerable weather behind us.

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