Definition of northward in English:



  • Lying towards, near, or facing the north:

    ‘the current that runs northward up this coastline’
    • ‘Relative to the direction of the setting sun, the songbirds wanted to fly in a direction that was 90 degrees counterclockwise from the detected magnetic field in order to stay on a northward track.’
    • ‘One route scholars have suggested began in the eastern Solomon Islands or in the islands to their southeast, and followed a northward course to the Caroline Islands.’
    • ‘Current plans call for the ground-floor spaces to be leased to commercial tenants - possibly galleries, if the Chelsea art district in fact continues its northward push.’
    • ‘Additionally, all five species that were studied individually exhibited highly significant northward movement in the spring.’
    • ‘The northward migration peaks from mid-April to early May, and the fall migration peaks in August.’
    • ‘This slender land bridge is furrowed by two parallel mountain ranges and, between them, the cavernous Jordan Valley, itself a northward continuation of Africa's Great Rift.’
    • ‘In the middle decades of the eighteenth century a group of Swiss Jesuits labored in the Southwest of the present United States to promote the northward expansion of New Spain.’
    • ‘A northward extension at the west end of this trench is also included here because it had pottery of the same date.’
    • ‘Using satellite linked depth recorders we examined the spatial and temporal diving behavior of 22 male sea lions for up to 3 months during their northward migration.’
    • ‘For juveniles wintering farther south, feather wear is less of a consideration, because they oversummer and will have molted new primaries prior to their first northward migration in their second spring.’
    • ‘His simulations show that large cyclonic eddies occasionally form in the northern portions of the Gulf and block the northward intrusion of the Loop Current.’
    • ‘Due to the high density of the shoals, the sardine run offers an ideal opportunity for various cold-water predators that follow the sardines on their northward migration.’
    • ‘Both Gordon and Kuchler mapped northward extensions of oak along river valleys into southern New York.’
    • ‘The flashing light paced our aircraft in steady northward direction.’
    • ‘Allardyce's Brazilian target may be slipping away from him in a northward direction, however.’
    • ‘Within the Mackenzie Basin, a northward decrease in runoff reflects the spatial trend in precipitation, which shows a decline towards the northern plains and the Shield areas.’
    • ‘But the genetic changes could also be a reflection of more recent northward migrations following the last Ice Age, about 14,000 years ago, he says.’
    • ‘Parts of Scotland provide a suitable habitat for this bird, but its range in that country seems to be slowly contracting in a northward direction.’
    • ‘Ridged fields apparently protect crops from mild frosts, and their construction may have facilitated the northward expansion of prehistoric agriculture.’
    • ‘But nothing prepared them for life in this squatters' community of Tijuana, a city of three million souls that is known as the Wild West of Mexico's northward immigration.’


  • Towards the north.

    • ‘Similarly, warm tropical air masses move freely northward in the summer.’
    • ‘The miners traveling northward need sled dogs to explore the snowy reaches of the Klondike, since it is too difficult to travel through these areas on foot, and a horse's hooves would push right through that deep snow.’


the northward
  • The direction or region to the north:

    ‘a foray to the northward’
    • ‘This is the area that got overtop right there in the northward.’
    • ‘Having recovered the servant, boots included, we left in the midst of a smart shower of rain, running out of harbor under all plain sail before a fresh breeze from the northward, and Halifax soon faded in the distance.’