From Middle English seaward, seward (attested only as an adjective), equivalent to sea +‎ -ward.



seaward (not comparable)

  1. Being in or facing towards the sea, as opposed to the land.
    The landward side of the fort faced more dangerous guns than the seaward side, which only faced what could be put on a ship.
    • 2020 October 21, Dr Joseph Brennan, “From the main line and over the waves”, in Rail, page 59:
      Following service in the First World War, when it was leased by the Admiralty, it suffered a swift decline. And despite reconstruction efforts, concerns about its safety were raised in the 1930s and its seaward portion was demolished in the 1940s.



seaward (not comparable)

  1. In the direction of the sea, toward the sea.
    Ever the sailor's widow looked seaward, hoping to see her missing man coming home.
    • 1907 August, Robert W[illiam] Chambers, chapter IX, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 24962326:
      He and Gerald usually challenged the rollers in a sponson canoe when Gerald was there for the weekend; or, when Lansing came down, the two took long swims seaward or cruised about in Gerald's dory, clad in their swimming-suits; and Selwyn's youth became renewed in a manner almost ridiculous, [].

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