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[out-werd-bound] /ˈaʊt wərdˈbaʊnd/
headed in an outward direction, as toward foreign ports:
We passed an outward-bound ship as we came into the harbor.
Origin of outward-bound

Outward Bound

a play (1923) by Sutton Vane. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • When the outward-bound Brazil fleet put to sea, it was found to include several English vessels freighted by the Portuguese.

  • He was there to see the outward-bound clipper, and greet her on her return.

    Urban Sketches Bret Harte
  • Many ships came in while we lay here; some were Dutch, some French, some Danes, but all were outward-bound.

  • In an outward-bound Boston car the other evening there was not a seat left.

    The Bradys' Chinese Clew Francis Worcester Doughty
  • outward-bound,” says a stout seaman-like man, shutting up the glass with which he has been diligently conning the distant ship.

    General Bounce G. J. Whyte-Melville
  • It's too early for the outward-bound craft of the last ebb, and too late for those that sailed the tide before.

    The Sea Lions James Fenimore Cooper
  • Sea′ward-bound, outward-bound, as a vessel leaving harbour; Sea′ward-gaz′ing, gazing or looking towards the sea.

  • After a day or two's lurking about the outward-bound vessels in port, I found out which sailed first, and hid myself on board.

    Armadale Wilkie Collins
  • Just off the bar another boat is stationed to receive the pilots dropped by outward-bound vessels.

    The Sea Rovers Rufus Rockwell Wilson
  • All outward-bound ships were requested to look out for any survivors on the island indicated in the vision.

British Dictionary definitions for outward-bound

Outward Bound

trademark (in Britain) a scheme to provide adventure training for young people
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