Definition of landward in US English:


(also landwards)


  • Toward land.

    ‘the ship turned landward’
    • ‘The relict coastal barriers, typically up to 30 m above the general level of the coastal plain and up to 10 km apart, occur sub-parallel to the modern coastline, and to each other, and increase in age landwards.’
    • ‘Your village is small and remote, extremely difficult to reach because it is isolated from the world by the treacherous currents offshore and the high mountains landward.’
    • ‘Some of it flowed landward towards the shore and into the deeper rip feeder channels.’
    • ‘It is overlain by the lower shale member, which consists of interbedded carbonaceous shale and lignite that accumulated in coastal marsh and swamps landward of the shoreline.’
    • ‘But when Gen. Tomoyuki Yamashita's forces came down from the Malay Peninsula instead, the guns were trained landwards to little avail.’
    • ‘Visitors already on the rock were looking landwards at the strange spectacle of the bare stretch they had crossed on boats only moments ago.’
    • ‘Two days later it was holed and drifting landwards with oil gushing out of its tanks.’
    • ‘Intensified upwelling would enhance aridity along the west coast of South America by preventing moist air masses of the Pacific anticyclone from encroaching landwards.’
    • ‘They pass landwards, with increasing grain size, into sands with larger-scale ripple cross-stratification and ultimately into cross-bedded sands and plane-bedded sands formed by breaking waves.’
    • ‘His burning vessel was drifting landwards, neither the sole firefighting hose nor the bow anchor could be reached beyond the wall of flame, and there was insufficient time to unbolt the sea-cocks and scuttle the ship.’
    • ‘Typically, the postglacial biotic migrations were much greater than just the distances landward from synglacial positions of the strandline directly offshore.’
    • ‘Wave erosion drives the sea cliff landward creating a planar, gently seaward-dipping bedrock platform.’
    on to land, on to the land, on to the shore
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  • Facing toward land as opposed to sea.

    ‘the landward side of the road’
    • ‘A raiding fleet might ravage the docks, if it could strike with numbers enough, but no seaborne force could breach those walls so long as the defenders had strength to man them, and the landward fortifications were even more imposing.’
    • ‘Engagement on the high seas occurs infrequently, and almost always because one side is moving to attack landward targets and the other is trying to prevent it.’
    • ‘Their first victory, at the Alma six days later, enabled them to continue south around Sebastopol from the landward side to Balaclava, so establishing a partial siege of the base.’
    • ‘These natural buffers protected the landward side, sheltering coastal communities and wildlife from the brunt of storms and waves.’
    • ‘On the landward side of the harbour, a series of wharves and porticoes were built to accommodate traders and the storage of goods in transit.’
    • ‘Besides, Guy's army could not begin to cut off supplies from the landward side.’
    • ‘This will allow the landward area behind to be filled in and used for the art gallery's extension.’
    • ‘On the landward side it was now white-capped mountain ranges, ranks of huge mountains that joined with the chain running down the centre of the continent.’
    • ‘The landward extent of the embayment fill abuts the western side of the Woakwine Range, a Pleistocene barrier.’
    • ‘One site on the landward side of the fjord was an almost vertical wall leading down to a ledge at 30m, where we were told we should find large sea spiders and basket stars.’
    • ‘The Atlantic, or passive, type has a stable continental block on the landward side that has been little deformed since Palaeozoic times.’
    • ‘But it will be sited on the landward side of the expected crack in the shelf, rather than on solid ground.’
    • ‘It was because of this close environmental unity instilled by the nature of their calling that they lacked landward interest.’
    • ‘The air in this bulge then slides over the unexpanded air over the sea resulting in a pressure difference at sea level between the landward and seaward sides of the coast.’
    • ‘The area spans one-third of Scotland's landmass and one-eighth of landward Britain.’
    • ‘For example Sir Hal Colebatch's first major speech in the Senate, on November 22, 1929, had urged Australia to help fund completion of the base, including landward defences.’
    • ‘So, we settled for a leisurely snorkel on the landward edge of the main channel, with John swimming around us and aiming his spear gun at pretty much everything that moved.’
    • ‘We now have a more reasonable definition of what the high-water mark is, and what the marine area is on the landward side.’
    • ‘Their findings, published by The Geographical Journal today, shows that the more rapid landward retreat of the low water mark relative to the high water mark is the most alarming trend.’
    • ‘Also worth getting the tides right, so you can pop down to the beach under the headland and see Merlin's Cave - a huge cave going right through, under the landward end of the headland by the isthmus.’