Definition of earthward in English:


(also earthwards)

adverb & adjective

  • Towards the earth.

    as adverb ‘when his parachute failed to open he fell earthward at 120 mph’
    as adjective ‘the bird's earthward plummet’
    • ‘Yet as the last colored leaves, varnished with the first rains of winter, fall earthward, the deciduous trees bare their sinewy musculature for all the world to look upon.’
    • ‘Shimoyo hurtled towards the mirror-like surface of the lake in an out-of-control earthward plunge.’
    • ‘A leaf slowly died, floating gently earthward from its perch on the redwood.’
    • ‘Sunny wings sprang open and bore him in a steep glide earthward, down past sheer cliffs spangled with bright alpine flowers and stunted scrub.’
    • ‘When the wind suddenly drops, these kites come tumbling earthwards with a fierce velocity.’
    • ‘Somewhere a child is crying, but the sound is drowned by the ‘whoosh’ of a single raindrop heading earthwards.’
    • ‘Sunlight that isn't absorbed or reflected by clouds as it plunges earthward will heat the surface.’
    • ‘Finally the bird plunges earthward with wings and tail closed.’
    • ‘What remains of the balloon after burst is dragged earthward by the descending near spacecraft.’
    • ‘With shrill twittering, the birds tumbled earthward, suddenly landing among the flint-stones.’
    • ‘The violent storm, with its 70-mile-per-hour winds, tore loose the airship's control cabin, which plummeted earthward like a boulder.’
    • ‘It's like an electron avalanche, he says, that can flood up toward the ionosphere or slide earthward, depending on the electric field direction.’
    • ‘But as they plummet earthwards, he sees a crowded school playground just next to the barracks.’
    • ‘A Zero careened sharply, smoking, and its engine reduced to a mere whine as it plummeted earthward.’
    • ‘As shooting stars flew earthwards in the upper right-hand corner of the monitor, I felt music in my ears as the web site came into focus and miraculously appeared.’
    • ‘Although I adore nose diving earthwards on roller coasters I'm actually afraid of heights.’
    • ‘The ball headed earthward toward me and knocked my cap off back over my head with a quick knock to the bill.’
    • ‘Papers in the air floated gently earthwards like giant stiff feathers.’
    • ‘The next, he's hurtling earthward from a precarious platform 50 meters above the ground.’
    • ‘Pushing the bar out to the left encouraged Matilda to soar right, and vice versa, while pulling the bar back tipped her wing downwards and likewise pointed us earthwards.’
    descending, downhill, falling, sinking, going down, moving down, sliding, slipping, dipping, earthbound, earthward
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