southwards


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south·ward

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

south′ward·ly adv. & adj.
south′wards adv.
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southwards

(ˈsaʊθwədz; ˈsʌðədz) or

southward

adv
towards the south
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southwards

southward
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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Adv.1.southwards - toward the south; "the ship turned southerly"
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Then all at once he thought he had heard one of the old men say that the Land of Souls lay to the south, and so, filled with new hope and courage, he set his face southwards. For many, many miles the country looked the same as it did round his own home.
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.
"Now turn we unto Sir Marhaus that rode with the damsel of thirty winter of age southward --"
Southward, with low funnel belching forth fire and smoke into the blackness of the night, the huge engine, with its solitary saloon carriage and guard's brake, thundered its way through the night towards the great metropolis.
The child's hand was pointing southward, along the road that led to London.
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.

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