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  1. going toward the north: northbound traffic.

Origin of northbound

An Americanism dating back to 1880–85; north + -bound2

Words Nearby northbound Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use northbound in a sentence

  • There was northbound travel at thirty-five, and northward Harkness would go, but he shot straight up.

  • 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
  • One spring I called early in Cactus Center and found blackbirds, robins, and other northbound birds among the visitors.

    Watched by Wild Animals | Enos A. Mills
  • The crowd boiled onto the northbound strip, relieving the crush; the girl vanished, whimpering, into the mob.

    The Syndic | C.M. Kornbluth
  • Up to recently the heavy northbound coal traffic up these grades has been handled by the use of two heavy pusher engines.

    The Modern Railroad | Edward Hungerford

British Dictionary definitions for northbound


/ (ˈnɔːθˌbaʊnd) /

  1. going or leading towards the north

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