north·​bound ˈnȯrth-ˌbau̇nd How to pronounce northbound (audio)
: traveling or headed north

Examples of northbound in a Sentence

The northbound lanes are closed.
Recent Examples on the Web On Monday, crews will close all northbound lanes along Interstate 5 between Carlsbad Village Drive and state Route 78 from 11:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Tuesday. Kristina Davis, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Apr. 2024 Nine of the crashes have been northbound, the direction in which the bridge is 12 feet high. Bridget Fogarty, Journal Sentinel, 4 Apr. 2024 Officers believe the pedestrian was pushing a shopping cart while walking in or near the northbound lane of Bardstown Road, Sanders said. Leo Bertucci, The Courier-Journal, 31 Mar. 2024 The Sunshine Skyway was able to reopen quickly after the northbound span was converted into a two-lane highway, but the replacement bridge wasn’t completed until 1987. Zachary Folk, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2024 For the closures on westbound Highway 50, traffic will be diverted to the northbound I-5 and I-80 interchange from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. Eastbound Highway 50 On Thursday and Friday, commuters can expect a full closure of eastbound Highway 50. Angela Rodriguez, Sacramento Bee, 27 Feb. 2024 The shooting happened just before 3 p.m. on Wednesday in the northbound lanes of I-880 south of Alvarado-Niles Road in Union City. Harry Harris, The Mercury News, 29 Mar. 2024 At that time, the northbound lanes of the Hoan buckled and led the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to demolish the lanes and rebuild them. David Clarey, Journal Sentinel, 29 Mar. 2024 The northbound lane of the Dahlia Street bridge over Interstate 76 north of Commerce City will remain closed until early fall while crews work to repair damage from a tractor-trailer crash earlier this month. Lauren Penington, The Denver Post, 24 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1823, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of northbound was in 1823

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“Northbound.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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north·​bound ˈnȯrth-ˌbau̇nd How to pronounce northbound (audio)
: headed north

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