American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adv. To or toward the earth.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Toward the earth.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adv. Toward the earth; -- opposed to
- earth + -ward (Wiktionary)
“With shining mien and naming sword earthward St. Michael came”
“Another tremendous section of the glacier rumbled earthward.”
“As it sprang past, he reached out, gripped its forelegs in mid-career, and sent it whirling earthward.”
“The Kuiper belt sends a steady rain of small comets earthward.”
“It's what sets us apart, the thin film of dust borne on the tongue we can never quite wash away, those microscopic filaments that grow earthward from our soles with each step we take.”
“The nightmare ended on a scream of terror as a man plunged earthward before being lost among mist-shrouded rocks.”
“Then, his hold collapsing, he plummeted earthward, the ground rushing to meet him.”
“There are trees that grow upside down, hanging earthward in defiance of the rules of nature, stopping just short of the road.”
“The rest of the explosives break up the structure allowing it to tumble earthward.”
“Yet did it quiver under the finger-tip caress in rhythmic vibrations that became whisperings and rustlings and mutterings of sound - but of sound so different; so elusively thin that it was shimmeringly sibilant; so mellow that it was maddening sweet, piping like an elfin horn, which last was just what Bassett decided would be like a peal from some bell of the gods reaching earthward from across space.”
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