westwards


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west·ward

 (wĕst′wərd)
adv. & adj.
Toward, to, or in the west.
n.
A westward direction, point, or region.

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

westwards

westward
1. 'westwards'

If you move or look westwards, you move or look towards the west.

The reef stretches westwards from the tip of Florida.
Ten minutes later we were flying westwards over the great marshes.

Westwards is always an adverb.

2. 'westward'

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

He sailed westward from Palos de la Frontera.

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

...the westward expansion of the city.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.westwards - toward the west; "they traveled westward toward the setting sun"
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The commander of the first Roman galley must have looked with an intense absorption upon the estuary of the Thames as he turned the beaked prow of his ship to the westward under the brow of the North Foreland.
And in the westward sky, I saw a curved pale line like a vast new moon.
Westward I saw the zodiacal light mingling with the yellow brilliance of the evening star.
And for the first time in the history of trading my schooners to the westward carried Bibles in their stock.
In the second place, the ebb was now making--a strong rippling current running westward through the basin, and then south'ard and seaward down the straits by which we had entered in the morning.
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.
How glazed each weary eye, When looking westward, I beheld A something in the sky.
These Fuegians are a very different race from the stunted, miserable wretches farther westward; and they seem closely allied to the famous Patagonians of the Strait of Magellan.
Then he told them that here they should part company; they three going to the eastward and he to the westward, and so, skirting the main highroads, would come by devious paths to Sherwood.
The trappers now left the scene of this infamous tragedy, and kept on westward, down the course of the river, which wound along with a range of mountains on the right hand, and a sandy, but somewhat fertile plain, on the left.
Her position decided, the Susquehanna was found to be some minutes westward of the spot where the projectile had disappeared beneath the waves.
Then, when the storm broke, Wolf Larsen cruised back and forth over that portion of the ocean where we had encountered it, and somewhat more to the westward, while the boats were being repaired and new sails made and bent.