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From Middle English westward, from Old English westweard.


westward (comparative more westward, superlative most westward)

  1. Lying toward the west.
  2. Moving or oriented toward the west.
    • 1783, Edward Gibbon, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, London: W. Strahan & T. Cadell, Volume 3, Chapter 17, p. 8,[4]
      Those who steer their westward course through the middle of the Propontis, may at once descry the high lands of Thrace and Bithynia, and never lose sight of the lofty summit of Mount Olympus, covered with eternal snows.
    • 1896, A. B. Paterson, “Black Swans” in The Man From Snowy River and Other Verses, London: Macmillan, p. 113,[5]
      Oh! ye wild black swans, ’twere a world of wonder
      For a while to join in your westward flight,
    • 1942, Neville Shute, Pied Piper, New York: William Morrow, Chapter 5,[6]
      They moved out on the westward road again.


westward (comparative more westward, superlative most westward)

  1. Toward the west.
    ride westward.
    • 1590, Christopher Marlowe, Tamburlaine the Great, London, Act V, Scene 6,[7]
      Looke here my boies, see what a world of ground,
      Lies westward from the midst of Cancers line,
      Vnto the rising of this earthly globe,
    • c. 1728,, George Berkeley, “Verses, on the Prospect of Planting Arts and Learning in America” in The Works of George Berkeley, D.D., London: Thomas Tegg, 1837, p. 394,[8]
      Westward the course of empire takes its way;
    • 1857, John Henry Hopkins Jr., “We Three Kings” (Christmas carol),[9]
      O star of wonder, star of night,
      Star with royal beauty bright,
      Westward leading, still proceeding,
      Guide us to thy perfect light.



westward (uncountable)

  1. The western region or countries; the west.

Middle EnglishEdit


From Old English westweard; equivalent to west +‎ -ward.




  1. westward

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