south·bound | \ ˈsau̇th-ˌbau̇nd \

Definition of southbound 

: traveling or heading south

Examples of southbound in a Sentence

The southbound lanes are closed to traffic.

Recent Examples on the Web

The crash happened on the southbound side of the highway, , north of exit 14 around 7:20 p.m., State Police. Jackson Cote,, "Woman ejected from car in rollover crash on I-495 in Plainville," 7 July 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 In the northbound lane of the Seward Highway and the southbound lane past Girdwood, traffic was moving slowly but surely, Doshier said. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "‘A screeching halt.’ Forest Fair crowds snarl traffic between Anchorage and Girdwood," 8 July 2018 Video from local businesses indicated that the woman was lying in a southbound lane of Wethersfield Avenue when she was struck by a silver vehicle. David Owens,, "Police Investigate Death Of Woman Found On Wethersfield Avenue," 7 July 2018 Debris was spread across I-95, closing all southbound lanes for several hours overnight. Wayne K. Roustan,, "One dead, at least one hurt in wrong way collision on I-95," 6 July 2018 At least one person was killed in a five-vehicle collision caused by a wrong-way driver on Interstate 95 Thursday night, resulting in all southbound lanes being shut down. Rebecca Ellis, miamiherald, "I-95 southbound lanes closed as car heading in wrong direction causes five-car crash," 5 July 2018 The southbound lane of Idaho 55 was blocked for about three hours while the crash was being investigated. Christina Lords, idahostatesman, "1 woman dead, 6 children injured in crash at intersection near Banks," 21 June 2018 Once the fire was extinguished, police reopened all southbound lanes and one northbound lane. Elena Weissmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Several cars on a car hauler tractor trailer lit on fire, leading to lane closures across I-94 and severe delays," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of southbound

1655, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of southbound

: going or heading south


south·bound | \ ˈsau̇th-ˌbau̇nd \

Kids Definition of southbound

: going south a southbound train

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