going toward the north: northbound traffic.

Origin of northbound

An Americanism dating back to 1880–85; north + -bound2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for northbound

Historical Examples of northbound

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

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for northbound



going or leading towards the north
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