north·​bound | \ˈnȯrth-ˌbau̇nd \

Definition of northbound 

: traveling or headed north

Examples of northbound in a Sentence

The northbound lanes are closed.

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The investigation resulted in an hours-long shutdown Sunday of all northbound lanes of Interstate 5 near Sacramento. Lorin Eleni Gill, The Seattle Times, "2 die after road rage fight in Northern California," 13 Aug. 2018 Both northbound and southbound lanes were closed to traffic following the incident, and caused heavy delays. Claire Morgan, sacbee, "Head-on collision on Highway 65 leaves one dead, CHP says," 6 July 2018 The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating a single car crash near the ramp from I-595 eastbound to I-95 northbound in Fort Lauderdale. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "Morning commute headache as fatal crash clogs up I-595 at I-95 in all directions," 22 June 2018 The Central Tri-State project proposes the eventual construction of an additional northbound entrance ramp to the toll road at Archer Road, according to Lipinski’s office. Mike Nolan, Daily Southtown, "Justice awarded $13.5 million for Tri-State ramp, Rep. Lipinski says," 15 June 2018 Sewer construction work will close the northbound off-ramp from Southeast McLoughlin Boulevard to Southeast Powell Boulevard until the end of the week. Rosemarie Stein,, "Portland Metro Tuesday Traffic: Sewer work closes northbound ramp from McLoughlin to Powell," 5 June 2018 With minutes he was headed southbound down a northbound exit ramp onto I-17. Michael Gordon, charlotteobserver, "Drunken driver killed her daughters and she's suing: '0.25 — are you kidding me?' | Charlotte Observer," 23 May 2018 The accident occurred at 7:20 a.m. on the northbound ramp leading from the Schuylkill Expressway to Roosevelt Boulevard. Diane Mastrull,, "Man ejected, then run over on Schuylkill ramp," 20 May 2018 The median, between the northbound 77 exit ramp onto 82 and Old Royalton Road, is about 750 feet long and 16 feet wide. Bob Sandrick,, "Lone bidder on Ohio 82 beautification in Broadview Heights still working on project, despite Dec. 31 deadline," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of northbound

1823, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of northbound

: going or heading north


north·​bound | \ˈnȯrth-ˌbau̇nd \

Kids Definition of northbound

: going north a northbound train

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