Definitions

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

  • adv. Toward, to, or in the south.
  • n. A southward direction, point, or region.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. Toward the south, or toward a point nearer the south than the east or west point.
  • adj. Toward the south.
  • n. The southern regions or countries; the south.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Toward the south; toward a point nearer the south than the east or the west. Also southwards.
  • Lying or situated toward the south; directed or leading toward the south.
  • n. The southern part; the south; the south end or side.

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

  • adv. toward the south
  • n. the cardinal compass point that is at 180 degrees
  • adj. moving toward the south

Etymologies

south +‎ -ward (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The exception to this is the narrow Isthmus of Tehuantepec where fierce northerly winds carry hot moist air southward from the Gulf of Mexico.

    The Mexican Climate - A Thumbnail Guide

  • The southern Atlantic and Caribbean areas (including the Yucatan peninsula) are heavily influenced by periodic weather fronts that race southward from the US.

    The Mexican Climate - A Thumbnail Guide

  • In the aftermath of the landing, some 180,000 Greek Cypriot refugees fled southward from the Turkish-held region.

    1960, Aug. 16

  • Let us briefly recall a few of the contrasts between conditions northward and southward from the international boundary

    Canada Turning the Corner

  • Looking southward from the old windmill, whose supports sheltered us on that cold spring afternoon, I knew that, past Bailleul, and past Neuve Chapelle, I was looking straight toward Albert and the Somme, and I knew too that it was there that the British were taking over a new portion of the line, – so that we might be of some increased support – all that was then allowed us by the Allied Command!

    England's Effort: Letters to an American Friend

  • Starting southward from the cross-roads, the character of the country underwent so sudden a transformation that it looked as if man, having contended here unsuccessfully with nature, had signed an ignominious truce beneath the crumbling gateposts of the turnpike.

    The Miller of Old Church

  • There is no cedar very near us; the white cedar, or cypress, is found about eight or nine miles to the northward, and still farther in that direction it is very abundant, but along the course of the river, southward from the lake, to a distance of more than a hundred miles, we do not remember to have seen it.

    Rural Hours

  • And then the village, with its buildings and gardens covering the level bank to the southward, is charmingly placed, the waters spreading before it, a ridge of hills rising on either side, this almost wholly wooded, that partly tilled, while beyond lies a background, varied by nearer and farther heights.

    Rural Hours

  • We also felt that a short-term southward bias would ensue once the pair reached the 1.2260 level.

    Currency Trading News by DailyFX

  • The move to Antarctica was probably not the result of seasonal migration but rather a longer term southward habitat shift, the scientists believe.

    Telegraph.co.uk: news, business, sport, the Daily Telegraph newspaper, Sunday Telegraph

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