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1bound

adjective \ˈband\

Definition of BOUND

1
archaic :  ready
2
:  intending to go :  going <bound for home> <college-bound>
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Origin of BOUND

Middle English boun, from Old Norse būinn, past participle of būa to dwell, prepare; akin to Old High German būan to dwell — more at bower
First Known Use: 13th century

2bound

noun

Definition of BOUND

1
a :  a limiting line :  boundary —usually used in plural
b :  something that limits or restrains <beyond the bounds of decency>
2
usually plural
a :  borderland
b :  the land within certain bounds
3
:  a number greater than or equal to every number in a set (as the range of a function); also :  a number less than or equal to every number in a set

Origin of BOUND

Middle English, from Anglo-French bounde, bodne, from Medieval Latin bodina
First Known Use: 13th century

3bound

Definition of BOUND

past and past participle of bind

4bound

verb

Definition of BOUND

transitive verb
1
:  to set limits or bounds to :  confine
2
:  to form the boundary of :  enclose
3
:  to name the boundaries of

First Known Use of BOUND

14th century

5bound

adjective

Definition of BOUND

1
:  placed under legal or moral restraint or obligation :  obliged <duty-bound>
2
a :  fastened by or as if by a band :  confined <desk-bound>
b :  very likely :  sure <bound to rain soon>
3
:  made costive :  constipated
4
of a book :  secured to the covers by cords, tapes, or glue
6
:  held in chemical or physical combination
7
:  always occurring in combination with another linguistic form <un- in unknown and -er in speaker are bound forms> — compare free 11d

Origin of BOUND

Middle English bounden, from past participle of binden to bind
First Known Use: 14th century

6bound

noun

Definition of BOUND

1
:  leap, jump
2
:  the action of rebounding :  bounce

Origin of BOUND

Middle French bond, from bondir to leap, from Vulgar Latin *bombitire to hum, from Latin bombus deep hollow sound — more at bomb
First Known Use: circa 1553

7bound

verb

Definition of BOUND

intransitive verb
1
:  to move by leaping
2

First Known Use of BOUND

1592
BOUNDING Defined for Kids

1bound

adjective \ˈband\

Definition of BOUND for Kids

:  going or intending to go <homeward bound>

Headscratcher for BOUND

If you are bound, you might be going somewhere, or you might be tied down and unable to go anywhere at all!

2bound

noun

Definition of BOUND for Kids

1
:  a boundary line
2
:  a point or line beyond which a person or thing cannot go <The ball has to stay within these bounds.>

3bound

Definition of BOUND for Kids

past and past participle of bind

4bound

verb
bound·edbound·ing

Definition of BOUND for Kids

:  to form the boundary of <The farm is bounded by a river on one side.>

5bound

adjective

Definition of BOUND for Kids

1
:  tied or fastened with or as if with bands
2
:  required by law or duty <bound by honor>
3
:  under the control of something <bound by the spell>
4
:  covered with binding <a bound book>
5
:  firmly determined
6
:  very likely :  certain <It is bound to rain.>

6bound

noun

Definition of BOUND for Kids

:  a leap or long jump

7bound

verb
boundedbounding

Definition of BOUND for Kids

:  to make a long leap or move in leaps
Medical Dictionary

bound

adjective \ˈband\

Medical Definition of BOUND

1
:  made costive :  constipated
2
:  held in chemical or physical combination <bound water in a molecule>

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