Definition of seaward in English:



  • Towards the sea.

    ‘after about a mile they turned seaward’
    • ‘I glanced seawards to see dark shapes cruising in from the limit of visibility - four 2m long amberjack were scouring the area, foraging for their next meal.’
    • ‘The majority headed seaward; but others were content to continue feeding half a mile distant.’
    • ‘Although most of the areas large glaciers now flow seaward more quickly, ice upstream at higher elevations has sped up only modestly, if at all.’
    • ‘Back in open water and heading seawards, you can return to the boat through the tunnel or swim out a bit further and through the large arch.’
    • ‘The Greeks seeing they were outnumbered hauled in their sail and began to turn the prow of their craft seaward.’
    • ‘He flew into a severe storm, his balloon was wrecked, and he plummeted seaward from the sky.’
    • ‘His eyes drop, and he drifts with the wild ice ticking seaward down the Hudson, like the blank sides of a jigsaw puzzle.’
    • ‘Wood - decked, rounded balconies jut seawards as on a cruise ship.’
    • ‘They ventured seawards only after 1000, when the Saracen threat had passed.’
    • ‘The mangroves never cease building, ever creeping seaward.’
    • ‘Although the students were in no immediate danger, a resident was very alarmed at seeing them walking seawards.’
    • ‘Fin seawards from here in a clockwise fashion, keeping the wall on your right.’
    • ‘Those are the reef spurs that point seaward, holding coral heads below the surface.’
    • ‘They're the major cause of the 12 000 official rescues each year and probably drag seaward on the order of 25 000 unwilling bathers annually.’
    • ‘We race just feet above the flat wet sand before he pulls on the controls and we climb steeply and bank seawards to come round for our landing.’
    • ‘If you choose to follow the reef seaward, pick a slack-water period and ensure that you have a good compass bearing for your return, and enough air.’
    • ‘The side of Kilauea is constantly moving, generally slipping seaward at a rate of about 3 inches a year.’
    • ‘The second area is between Christmas Rock and Gxulu River Mouth extending three nautical miles seawards from the high-water mark.’
    • ‘The flood-plume pushed seawards by the river-flow also brings its warmth to the far northern Benguela current area.’
    • ‘Not all the golden sand washed seaward from Oriental Bay is worth the price you pay.’
    • ‘Telescopes, binoculars, cameras and naked eyes all strained seawards to catch a glimpse of these huge creatures that had invaded the Cornish coast.’


  • 1Going or pointing towards the sea.

    ‘there was a seaward movement of water on the bottom’
    • ‘With no natural protection from the sea, apart from a narrow coral reef, the atoll was at the mercy of massive waves that crashed over its 30-metre high seaward cliffs.’
    • ‘The resort has 75 luxury rooms and suites, most of which enjoy westerly, seaward aspects.’
    • ‘Behind him a rip flows out to sea from the shoreline, a swath of muddy rippled water filled with black sand churned up by its powerful seaward pull.’
    • ‘In contrast, at high tide, the steep shingle beach produces plunging breakers against the berm causing the seaward movement of material.’
    • ‘Inland movements occurred in the first part of the night whereas seaward movements occurred late at night.’
    • ‘One of the men positioned the prow of the boat against the seaward ice, revved the engines, and widened the gap to six feet.’
    • ‘Submarines ranged offshore to guard against unexpected seawards attacks, backing up patrolling destroyers and torpedo boats.’
    • ‘A large white bird appeared low over the seaward shrubby trees.’
    • ‘Many productive commercial fishing areas depend on phytoplankton nurtured by the seaward flow of clearer water, which in turn nurtures the fish.’
    • ‘The path levels out to provide expansive seaward views.’
    • ‘Sites were protected from the largest ocean swells by either small offshore islands or large seaward rock benches.’
    • ‘Melting glaciers add fresh water to the oceans and speed the seaward movement of ice and an influx of fresh water into the ocean.’
    • ‘The ballroom's lofty wood-panelled ceiling and tall seaward windows evoke another more gracious age.’
    • ‘She began by replacing the small seaward window with a bigger one to better enjoy the splendid view of the Golfo di Salerno.’
    • ‘The seaward wall, only a screen looking out on the reef, allowed a fresh breeze and the sound of the waves to be our constant companions, lulling us to sleep.’
    • ‘She had sailed with him before on few previous schemes, on voyages soulwise or seawards.’
    1. 1.1Nearer or nearest to the sea.
      ‘the seaward end of the village’
      • ‘Each floor has an oblong chamber with a small room and spiral stair in the wall thickness at the seaward end.’
      • ‘This formation has been interpreted to represent deposits that accumulated on or immediately seaward of an Early Cambrian shelf.’
      • ‘This old granite house has, as the French say, its feet in the water, which seems to lap against the wide seaward windows.’
      • ‘The sediments that produced the beds were deposited in moderately deep waters located a hundred meters seaward of the escarpment.’
      • ‘To further add to the jetty's lore a fire broke out in December 1999, destroying a massive 80m section, about 150m from the seaward end.’
      • ‘Blue crab megalopae were concentrated at the surface immediately seaward of the front.’
      • ‘The cross-bedded sediments correspond to shoal deposits that developed on top of and seaward of the spit-platform.’
      • ‘These locations are designated by their distance in kilometers seaward of the dam that marks the upper boundary of tidal influence.’
      • ‘Lower densities of common eiders were observed seaward of the barrier islands up to 50 km from shore.’
      • ‘There are some wonderful pinnacles in both groups, with the best diving and healthiest coral to be found on the seaward side of each.’
      • ‘Currently, oil and gas development seaward of the continental shelf is unlikely.’
      • ‘When the Jubilee River was being planned, the design documents stated that flood relief schemes should always be started at the seaward end.’
      • ‘Similarly, the seaward boundary was defined as 10 km offshore, with exceptions based on specific circumstances.’
      • ‘Enter the water at its seaward end, drop down and follow the gully out to sea.’
      • ‘But three days later, as a result of a massive land-slip which took place in four stages, the lawn had disappeared and the ground had collapsed under the whole of the seaward wing of the hotel.’
      • ‘Many of these will be one kilometre inland or seawards from the main road, generally away from the tourist areas associated with the eastern coastline.’
      • ‘In recent reports, the Army Corps of Engineers has determined that the seawall is between 150 and 200 feet too far seaward.’
      • ‘And how could a fire start there, at the seaward end?’
      • ‘Furthermore, during the same period, council resolved to proceed with the separation of the seaward portion of the jetty from the inshore portion.’


  • [in singular] The side that faces or is nearer to the sea.

    ‘breakwaters were extended further to seaward’
    • ‘The coastal villages where the salt makers lived stand on islands or peninsulas of firm ground, with marshes and fens on their inland side and salt marshes on the seaward.’