Definitions

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

  • adv. Toward, to, or in the west.
  • n. A westward direction, point, or region.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Lying toward the west.
  • adv. Toward the west; as, to ride or sail westward.
  • n. The western region or countries; the west.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Lying toward the west.
  • adv. Toward the west.
  • n. The western region or countries; the west.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Toward the west; in a westerly direction: as, to ride or sail westward.
  • Toward the ecclesiastical west. See west.
  • Being toward the west; bearing or tending westward: as, a westward position or course; the westward trend of the mountains.

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

  • n. the cardinal compass point that is a 270 degrees
  • adv. toward the west
  • adj. moving toward the west

Etymologies

Old English westweard. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • At Chemulpo, only a few miles westward from the Korean capital of Seoul, London barely had time to recover from his ailments when he learned that the Russian advance had nearly reached Ping Yang (Pyongyang, capital of North Korea, today), nearly 200 miles to the north.

    JACK LONDON'S WAR

  • They travel by canoe westward from the shores of Lake Superior along the rivers of northern Minnesota, in search of a new home.

    The Porcupine Year by Louise Erdrich: Book summary

  • Officials suspect three or four sub-adult male grizzlies are responsible for this year's sightings, having paddled and island-hopped their way westward from the B.C. mainland.

    Grizzly Bears Sighted On Vancouver Island

  • Asia Minor, or Anatolia, is a peninsula stretching westward from the Armenian mountains to the Aegean Sea, with the Black Sea to the north and the Mediterranean to the south.

    7. Asia Minor, c. 3000-333 B.C.E

  • For this he blamed himself; he felt a deep ambivalence about his role in westward expansion.

    Great American Hunters: Daniel Boone

  • A regular permit to move westward is practically only granted to elderly people in very exceptional cases.

    Expellees—A Problem of a Divided Germany

  • (Applause) Every important river on this continent, with the exception of the Missouri and Mississippi and those that flow westward from the Appalachian Range, have their origin in the northern water-shed, and all the important rivers are flowing north.

    The Outlook for Canada

  • The romance of them was in my blood; I thrilled to the lure of adventure which had led my forefathers westward from the Old Land – a land which I always heard referred to as "Home," by men and women whose parents were Canadian born and bred.

    The Alpine Path: The Story of My Career

  • The buffalo clover found in the western part of this State, and common still farther westward, is the only undoubtedly native variety we possess.

    Rural Hours

  • Frequently the same effect of high and brilliant coloring may be observed at sunset, through every degree of the eastern horizon, from north to south, and at times when the coloring westward is much more sober.

    Rural Hours

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  • "A massive earthquake last week has brought New Zealand closer to Australia, scientists say. The 7.8 magnitude quake in the Tasman Sea has expanded New Zealand's South Island westwards by about 30cm (12in).
    ...
    But correspondents say that with more than 2,250km (1,400 miles) separating the countries, the narrowing will not exactly be visible. Nor, as the New Zealand media have observed, is it likely to bring cheaper air fares."
    - Quake moves NZ towards Australia, bbc.co.uk, 22 July 2009.

    July 22, 2009