outward bound: an outbound freighter.

Origin of outbound

First recorded in 1590–1600; out- + -bound2
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Related Words for outbound

retiring, last, departing, former, migratory, past, ex-, outward-bound

Examples from the Web for outbound

Contemporary Examples of outbound

  • The following afternoon, my outbound departure was delayed for more than an hour.

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    The Sequester Takes Off

    Patrick Smith

    April 25, 2013

  • Two outbound flights were delayed as a result of the search.

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    NYC on High Alert

    September 10, 2011

  • Frank Terreri works as a federal air marshal out of LAX, the Los Angeles airport that averages 640 outbound flights a day.

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    The Air Marshal Revolt

    Catharine Skipp

    January 8, 2010

Historical Examples of outbound

British Dictionary definitions for outbound



going out; outward bound
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