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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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  • He might be too smart to take the northbound train here at the hotel.

    The Motor Boat Club in Florida H. Irving Hancock
  • I paid two nickels and we got into the front car of the northbound train.


    Christopher Morley
  • Morey cut into a northbound traffic level, moved into the high-speed lane, and eased in on the accelerator.

    Islands of Space John W Campbell
  • I wanted to catch the northbound flyer of the Buffalo, Rochester, and Pittsburg railroad out of the latter town.

    Our Railroads To-Morrow Edward Hungerford
  • There is a way to board the northbound train without going to town, and if nothing else happens we'll make the eastbound express.

    They of the High Trails

    Hamlin Garland
  • The northbound traffic was heaviest at this hour and the moving sidewalk bands were jammed to their capacity.

  • The aspens sprouted fluffy buds and a flock of northbound geese honked over.

    The Lost Wagon James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • The whistle of the northbound train came up the track and they climbed down from the fence and went to the depot.

    With Hoops of Steel Florence Finch Kelly
  • The car ran into Bedford and taking the turn to the right, he swung on to the northbound turnpike.

  • This is Central Expressway, and the next block is north, northbound.

    Warren Commission (12 of 26): Hearings Vol. XII (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
British Dictionary definitions for northbound


going or leading towards the north
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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