Definition of outward bound in English:

outward bound


  • (of a ship or passenger) going away from home.

    ‘they were outward bound for the Great Barrier Reef’
    ‘an outward-bound crude oil carrier’
    • ‘Hinkley thumped onto the deck of the nearest outward-bound ship.’
    • ‘After July 7, passport checks were set up at ports for all outward-bound passengers in order to ensure that terror suspects were not trying to flee the country so as to escape justice.’


  • usually as modifier An organization that provides naval and adventure training and other outdoor activities for young people.


outward bound