- headed in an outward direction, as toward foreign ports: We passed an outward-bound ship as we came into the harbor.
Origin of outward-bound
First recorded in 1595–1605
- a play (1923) by Sutton Vane.
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Examples from the Web for outward-bound
A red glare came from an outward-bound steamer that was coaling.The Picture of Dorian Gray
He was there to see the outward-bound clipper, and greet her on her return.Urban Sketches
The wind chops round, and is favourable for outward-bound vessels.Liverpool a few years since
In an outward-bound Boston car the other evening there was not a seat left.The Bradys' Chinese Clew
Francis Worcester Doughty
It still remains as a port of call for outward-bound sailing-ships.Cornwall
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