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.

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That means that generally speaking, the best time to start a northbound thru-hike is late-April or early-May. Kraig Becker, Popular Mechanics, "9 Things to Know Before You Hike the Pacific Crest Trail," 5 Nov. 2018 The pillar that Seward crashed into was shielded with a barrier, but only on the northbound side of the Interstate. David Gutman, The Seattle Times, "Washington state to pay $28 million to woman paralyzed in I-5 crash in Pierce County," 15 Oct. 2018 One car was strewn off the southbound side of the highway, and the other flipped and rolled off the northbound side. Claire Morgan, sacbee, "Head-on collision on Highway 65 leaves one dead, CHP says," 6 July 2018 Both the north and south lanes were closed at 9 a.m.; the northbound side was shut down between exits 18-19 and the southbound side between exits 20 and 16, the DOT said in a traffic alert. Christine Dempsey,, "State Police: Serious Tractor Trailer Crash Closes Both Sides Of Route 9 In Cromwell," 20 June 2018 The collision occurred just before 3 p.m. on the northbound side, CHP Officer Elizabeth Kravig said. Alene Tchekmedyian,, "Some lanes reopened after fiery big rig crash on 405 Freeway near Mulholland Drive," 1 May 2018 At the time of the accident, Mr. Williams was retrieving a 1993 purple Chevrolet Camaro following an accident on the northbound side of Interstate 95 near the Tydings Bridge toll plaza. Erika Butler, The Aegis, "Bel Air man indicted on manslaughter charges in fatal Cecil crash last summer," 19 Apr. 2018 Both northbound sides of I-65 and I-59 through the junction are open. Ivana Hrynkiw,, "Interstate 59/20 closed at I-65 due to unsafe conditions," 5 Apr. 2018 On the northbound side of SR-67, two lanes were turned into one at Archie Moore Road on March 28 to adjust for a curve. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Roadwork aims to improve SR-67 safety," 4 Apr. 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 How to pronounce northbound (audio) \

Kids Definition of northbound

: going north a northbound train

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