Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • prep. Variant of toward.
  • adj. Variant of toward.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • prep. Variant of toward.
  • adv. In the direction of something (indicated by context).
  • adj. Near; at hand; in state of preparation; toward.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • prep. See toward.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as toward.
  • Toward the place in question; forward.
  • Same as toward, a., 1.

Etymologies

From toward +‎ -s. See -s (Etymology 3) (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • As illustrated in the case of the disengaging pallet, however, the motion is also towards the line of centers AB, and _towards_ the tooth as well, all of which will be seen by the dotted circles MM2 and NN2, representing the paths of the pallets.

    An Analysis of the Lever Escapement

  • Note the form of the exhortation, 'exercise thyself _towards_ godliness,' which involves the same thought as is expressed in Paul's other utterance of irrepressible aspiration and effort, 'Not as if I had already attained, either were already perfect, but I follow after,' or as he had just said, 'press towards the mark,' in continual approximation to the ideal.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture Second Corinthians, Galatians, and Philippians Chapters I to End. Colossians, Thessalonians, and First Timothy.

  • It is not simplicity _in_ Christ, but _towards_ Christ of which the Apostle is speaking; not a quality in Him, but a quality in _us_ towards Him.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture Second Corinthians, Galatians, and Philippians Chapters I to End. Colossians, Thessalonians, and First Timothy.

  • _Sad as death, I am going towards the meadow, in order to my approach towards_ Sylvia, _the world affording no repose to me, but when I am where the dear charmer is_.

    Love-Letters Between a Nobleman and His Sister

  • The circumstance of the Niger's flowing towards the east, and its collateral points, did not, however, excite my surprise; for although I had left Europe in great hesitation on this subject, and rather believed that it ran in the contrary direction, I had made such frequent inquiries during my progress concerning this river, and received from negroes of different nations such clear and decisive assurance that its general course was _towards the rising sun_, as scarce left any doubt on my mind; and more especially as I knew that Major Houghton had collected similar information in the same manner.

    MacMillan's Reading Books Book V

  • The circumstance of the Niger's flowing towards the east and its collateral points did not, however, excite my surprise; for although I had left Europe in great hesitation on this subject, and rather believed that it ran in the contrary direction, I had made such frequent inquiries during my progress concerning this river, and received from Negroes of different nations such clear and decisive assurances that its general course was _towards the rising sun_, as scarce left any doubt on my mind; and more especially, as I knew that Major Houghton had collected similar information in the same manner.

    Life and Travels of Mungo Park in Central Africa

  • Niger's flowing towards the east did not excite my surprise, for although I had left Europe in great hesitation on this subject, I had received from the negroes clear assurances that its general course was _towards the rising sun_. "

    A Book of Discovery The History of the World's Exploration, From the Earliest Times to the Finding of the South Pole

  • Kemble), 155; ic þā lēode wāt gē wið fēond gē wið frēond fæste geworhte (_towards foe and friend_), 1865; hēold hēah-lufan wið hæleða brego (_cherished high love towards the prince of heroes_), 1955; wið ord and wið ecge ingang forstōd (_prevented entrance to spear-point and sword-edge_), 1550. b) _against, on, upon, in_: setton sīde scyldas ... wið þæs recedes weal (_against the wall of the hall_), 326; wið eorðan fæðm

    Beowulf

  • Kemble), 155; ic þâ leóde wât ge wið feónd ge wið freónd fäste geworhte (_towards foe and friend_), 1865; heóld heáh-lufan wið häleða brego (_cherished high love towards the prince of heroes_), 1955; wið ord and wið ecge ingang forstôd (_prevented entrance to spear-point and sword-edge_), 1550. b) _against, on, upon, in_: setton sîde scyldas ... wið þäs recedes weal (_against the wall of the hall_), 326; wið eorðan fäðm

    Beowulf

  • But the thing uttered by the speaker I strain towards is still not quite the story of what is going on; it is more reflexive than that, because as a poet I am in fact straining towards a strain, seeking repose in the stability conferred by a musically satisfying order of sounds.

    Nobel Lectures-Literature 1995

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