Hypertext Webster Gateway: "toward"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Toward \To"ward\, Towards \To"wards\, prep.[AS. ? impending,
imminent, future, toward, ? towards. See {To}, and -{ward},
1. In the direction of; to.

He set his face toward the wilderness. --Num. xxiv.

The waves make towards" the pebbled shore. --Shak.

2. With direction to, in a moral sense; with respect or
reference to; regarding; concerning.

His eye shall be evil toward his brother. --Deut.
xxviii. 54.

Herein do I exercise myself, to have always a
conscience void of offense toward God, and toward
men. --Acts xxiv.

3. Tending to; in the direction of; in behalf of.

This was the first alarm England received towards
any trouble. --Clarendom.

4. Near; about; approaching to.

I am toward nine years older since I left you.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Toward \To"ward\, Towards \To"wards\ adv.
Near; at hand; in state of preparation.

Do you hear sught, sir, of a battle toward ? --Shak.

We have a trifling foolish banquet Towards. --Shak.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Toward \To"ward\, a. [AS. ?. See {Toward}, prep.]
1. Approaching; coming near. ``His toward peril.'' --Spenser.

2. Readly to do or learn; compliant with duty; not froward;
apt; docile; tractable; as, a toward youth.

3. Ready to act; forward; bold; valiant.

Why, that is spoken like a toward prince. --Shak.

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