south·​bound | \ˈsau̇th-ˌbau̇nd \

Definition of southbound 

: traveling or heading south

Examples of southbound in a Sentence

The southbound lanes are closed to traffic.

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The southbound lane of Highway 529 was closed for about four hours until about midnight, Snell said. Neal Morton, The Seattle Times, "Pedestrian struck, killed on highway in Everett," 13 Oct. 2018 Nevada Highway Patrol Officer Travis Smaka says the plane parked off the southbound lanes. Fox News, "Small plane lands on freeway near Las Vegas, no one hurt," 27 Aug. 2018 Expect periodic northbound and southbound lane closures with flaggers controlling traffic. Kari Barnett,, "Water utilities maintenance causes Hagen Ranch Road lane closure," 6 July 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 Left lanes also were closed northbound and southbound Sunday afternoon near Table Mesa Road on Interstate 17 because of a fire along the side of the road, ADOT said. Kimberly Rapanut, azcentral, "Brush fire closes SR 87 in both directions, I-17 traffic affected by 2nd fire," 20 May 2018 The town has more than 9 miles of I-35W, including the northbound and southbound main lanes, and some highway frontage roads. Gordon Dickson, star-telegram, "This small town made $5 million on traffic tickets, but don't call it a speed trap | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 1 May 2018 Dueno said the driver, a 60-year-old woman, had just made a right turn from Massachusetts Avenue onto southbound Broadway when the SUV and teen collided. Teri Figueroa,, "Bicyclist, 19, sustains major head trauma in collision with SUV," 10 July 2018 The Buick went eastbound on Missouri 350 from southbound Interstate 435. Robert A. Cronkleton, kansascity, "Crash during a pursuit injures Jackson County deputy, bystander | The Kansas City Star," 9 May 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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