Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. Toward, to, or in the north.
  • n. A northern direction, point, or region.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The direction or area lying to the north of a place.
  • adj. Situated or directed towards the north; moving or facing towards the north.
  • adv. Towards the north; in a northerly direction.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Toward the north; nearer to the north than to the east or west point.
  • adv. Toward the north, or toward a point nearer to the north than to the east or west point.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Toward the north, or toward a point nearer to the north than the east and west points. Also northwards.
  • Directed or leading toward the north.
  • n. The northern part; the north end or side.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the cardinal compass point that is at 0 or 360 degrees
  • adj. moving toward the north
  • adv. in a northern direction

Etymologies

north +‎ -ward (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Northbound buses start their trips at Ian Macdonald and York Boulevards, then proceed: northward along Keele Street; and then westward along Steeles Avenue West to Founders Road, resuming their regular route ** westward along Steeles., from 9: 45 a.m. until 12: 15 p.m., eastbound buses operate along their regular route to Ian Macdonald Boulevard and The Chimneystack Road, then detour: eastward along The Chimneystack; southward along Keele Street; eastward along Canartic Drive; and then northward* along Petrolia Road to Steeles Avenue West, resuming their regular route ** eastward along Steeles.

    Transit Toronto - Weblog

  • The Blue and White branches of the Nile travel northward from the African interior and then join to make one grand procession through Egypt, all the way to the Mediterranean Sea.

    Thirsty Egypt Clings Tight To The Nile

  • Diana's mom's house is situated in a small town, one of dozens of bedroom communities spreading endlessly one after another northward from the center of Willmington, Delaware, to meet their counterparts marching southward from Philadelphia.

    Plenty too much everything

  • But in 1787 the British Government's representatives spoke to the Indians about the land stretching northward from the ruins.

    Out of the Woods

  • The contrast in physiography, as we go northward, is less marked in Alberta and British Columbia.

    Canada Turning the Corner

  • A proper realization of the extent and characteristics of these physiographical features, which every Canadian schoolboy should have vividly implanted in his mind, - (Hear, hear.) - will make it clear that over most of Canada, as we proceed northward from the international boundary, the difference is even more marked than the contrast in climate.

    Canada Turning the Corner

  • The Isisi threw the call northward; the N'gombi village, sent it westward, and presently first the Isisi, then the N'gombi, heard the faint answer:

    Bones Being Further Adventures in Mr. Commissioner Sanders' Country

  • Southern arctic and subarctic fish species very likely to extend distribution ranges northward, which is likely to result in some significant negative effects on native species

    Impacts on arctic freshwater and anadromous fisheries

  • Rob Marciano is a segment say it did turn slightly northward, which is a good sign in terms of hitting the coast.

    CNN Transcript Aug 20, 2009

  • Beyond and to the northward was the cairn that covered Von Winterfeld, surmounted by

    The War in the Air

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