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[nawrth-bound] /ˈnɔrθˌbaʊnd/
going toward the north:
northbound traffic.
Origin of northbound
An Americanism dating back to 1880-85; north + -bound2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I tried one of the north-bound at 8,000 feet; but the going was awkward.

    Tarrano the Conqueror Raymond King Cummings
  • A few minutes later the two were on a north-bound Broadway car.

    The Walking Delegate Leroy Scott
  • It was that passage we held the north-bound Savannah steamer for seven hours.

    The Seiners

    James B. (James Brendan) Connolly
  • The north-bound trains may be no good to beat, and they may be no good to beg.

    The Road

    Jack London
  • An hour later, having given hurried explanations to Anne and started her off in a cab, he was on a north-bound train.


    Edna Turpin
  • At the Fifty-eighth Street station on the same night about ten minutes later Littell got off a north-bound train.

    A Master Hand Richard Dallas
  • It was he who had given it a practical shape by suggesting the possibility of intercepting at sea the north-bound steamer.

  • They had arranged to meet again at four o'clock the next morning and take the north-bound train.

    Stories Of Georgia Joel Chandler Harris
  • The world was new to him, however, and he went off with the north-bound cows, like many another youngster of the time.

    The Story of the Outlaw Emerson Hough
  • She settled the car into a traffic slot on the north-bound coast super-highway.

    Earth Alert! Kris Neville
British Dictionary definitions for north-bound


going or leading towards the north
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for north-bound

1903, from north + bound (adj.2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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