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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.


(ˈsaʊθwəd; ˈsʌðəd)
situated, directed, or moving towards the south
the southward part, direction, etc; the south
a variant of southwards
ˈsouthwardly adj, adv


(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.


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.
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"
na jih
i sydlig retning
dél felédél felé nézõ
í suîurátt
güneye doğru


A. ADJ [movement, migration] → hacia el sur, en dirección sur


[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


(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.
References in classic literature ?
Now turn we unto Sir Marhaus that rode with the damsel of thirty winter of age southward --"
After a brief rest at Hamburg, we made preparations for a long pedestrian trip southward in the soft spring weather, but at the last moment we changed the program, for private reasons, and took the express-train.
The journey southward, the first glimpse of the ocean, the strange new scenes, the ease and delicious freedom, the intimacy with Miss Maxwell, almost intoxicated Rebecca.
Let us hear, then, what it is at its best estate--gaze on its bright side, if it has one; and then imagination may task her powers to add dark lines to the picture, as she travels southward to that (for the colored man) Valley of the Shadow of Death, where the Mississippi sweeps along.
Churchill's accountshe has not been well the whole winter, and thinks Enscombe too cold for her so they are all to move southward without loss of time.
Drive to the first station beyond York, northward, southward, or eastward, as may be hereafter determined.
The HISPANIOLA herself, a few yards in whose wake I was still being whirled along, seemed to stagger in her course, and I saw her spars toss a little against the blackness of the night; nay, as I looked longer, I made sure she also was wheeling to the southward.
But meeting a trade-wind two days after I came on board him, we sailed southward a long time, and coasting New Holland, kept our course west-south-west, and then south-south-west, till we doubled the Cape of Good Hope.
Then he dived and made sure of the mouth of the tunnel, and raced through to the southward.
By a Law of Nature with us, there is a constant attraction to the South; and, although in temperate climates this is very slight -- so that even a Woman in reasonable health can journey several furlongs northward without much difficulty -- yet the hampering effect of the southward attraction is quite sufficient to serve as a compass in most parts of our earth.
When first he came upon them they were moving slowly but steadily southward in one of those periodic migrations the reasons for which the baboon himself is best able to explain.
Reaction mounted from the crew to the captain himself, and certainly, had it not been for the resolute determination on the part of Captain Farragut, the frigate would have headed due southward.

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