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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.


(ˈsaʊθwədz; ˈsʌðədz) or


towards the south


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"
References in classic literature ?
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.
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.
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 --"
Twenty miles southward by now, the special was still tearing its way into the darkness.
The child's hand was pointing southward, along the road that led to London.
There it turned southward again and went zigzagging downward through the forest.
So great was it that Wolf Larsen himself did not dare heave to, though he was being driven far to the southward and out of the seal herd.
An ice-field on the far horizon is moving slowly southward in the spectral light.
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.
On the 4th, however, the sea became more calm, and the storm lessened its violence; the wind veered southward, and was once more favourable.
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.

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