north·​bound | \ ˈnȯrth-ˌbau̇nd How to pronounce northbound (audio) \

Definition of northbound

: traveling or headed north

Examples of northbound in a Sentence

The northbound lanes are closed.
Recent Examples on the Web The crash happened just after midnight Wednesday in the northbound lanes near Lake Forest Boulevard, NOPD said. Carlie Wells,, "Pedestrian hit, killed while walking on I-510 near Lake Forest Boulevard, NOPD says," 22 Oct. 2020 The northbound lanes of the freeway were closed to allow a medical helicopter to land about 6:30 a.m. David Hernandez, San Diego Union-Tribune, "1 killed, 2 injured in rollover crash on Interstate 5 near San Onofre State Beach," 20 Oct. 2020 The northbound lanes of I Street were blocked for hours Wednesday morning as officers investigated but have since been reopened. Anchorage Daily News, "SUV slams into downtown Anchorage hotel after collision," 14 Oct. 2020 The Oregon State Police said Eric Laursen, a Tualatin resident, was walking across the northbound lanes of the interstate when he was struck by a semi driven by 35-year-old Gurkirat Singh of Fremont, California. oregonlive, "Tualatin man dies after being hit by semi on I-5, troopers say," 13 Oct. 2020 The northbound lanes of the highway closed to allow a helicopter to transport the driver to a hospital in northern Arizona, then reopened within an hour. Chloe Jones, The Arizona Republic, "Rollover crash injures 1, briefly closes State Route 179 near Village of Oak Creek," 12 Oct. 2020 The problem began in February when heavy rains caused the underground landslide on the mountain, leaving large cracks in both the northbound and southbound lanes. Paul Gattis |, al, "U.S. 231 bridges in Morgan County nearing completion on closed highway," 16 Sep. 2020 The victim, a Bedford Heights man, 23, was unharmed, spending a little time in the aftermath of the shooting figuring out the correct jurisdiction along the I-271 northbound local lanes past the Chagrin Boulevard interchange. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "Road rage leads to shots fired on the freeway: Pepper Pike Police Blotter," 21 Aug. 2020 The break also caused road closures on Hollis Street at Ocean Avenue through Hollis Street at 65th St., with both northbound and southbound lanes of Hollis Street shut down, police said. Lauren Hernández,, "Multiple water main breaks close streets in Berkeley, Emeryville," 12 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of northbound

1823, in the meaning defined above

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26 Oct 2020

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“Northbound.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of northbound

: going or heading north


north·​bound | \ ˈnȯrth-ˌbau̇nd How to pronounce northbound (audio) \

Kids Definition of northbound

: going north a northbound train

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