south·​bound | \ ˈsau̇th-ˌbau̇nd How to pronounce southbound (audio) \

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 Upright lane separators, which fold down when struck and can be replaced if damaged, mark the division between it and the other two southbound lanes. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, 19 Sep. 2021 The southbound lanes are then planned to be closed between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday. Jay R. Jordan, Chron, 17 Sep. 2021 The 39-year-old truck driver lost control while attempting to make a left turn, dragging the woman’s car into the southbound lanes before flipping onto it, the report showed. Joe Mario Pedersen,, 17 Sep. 2021 The truck came to rest facing northeast in the southbound lanes. Chris Perkins,, 16 Sep. 2021 The fire broke out late Saturday afternoon and caused the California Highway Patrol to close the southbound lanes of the 5 Freeway at State Route 138. Marissa Evans, Los Angeles Times, 12 Sep. 2021 In an apparent attempt to evade officers, Murphy allegedly ran a red light, striking Rico and a second vehicle, a Honda CRV, which was stopped at the red light in the southbound lanes. Harriet Sokmensuer,, 8 Sep. 2021 The New Jersey Turnpike, a link in the East Coast’s major north-south trucking highway, said one northbound lane near Interchange 12 in Carteret remains closed due to flooding, with all southbound lanes reopened. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, 2 Sep. 2021 The pedestrian was walking across the southbound lanes and walked into the path of a passenger vehicle and was struck, Graves said. Amaris Encinas, The Arizona Republic, 31 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of southbound

1655, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of southbound was in 1655

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South Bend


south by east

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25 Sep 2021

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“Southbound.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of southbound

: going or heading south


south·​bound | \ ˈsau̇th-ˌbau̇nd How to pronounce southbound (audio) \

Kids Definition of southbound

: going south a southbound train

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