bound

adjective (1)
\ˈbau̇nd \

Definition of bound 

(Entry 1 of 7)

1 archaic : ready

2 : intending to go : going bound for home college-bound

bound

noun (1)

Definition of bound (Entry 2 of 7)

1a : a limiting line : boundary usually used in plural The ball landed out of bounds.

b : something that limits or restrains beyond the bounds of decency police officers overstepping their bound

2 usually bounds

a : borderland

b : the land within certain bounds woodland bounds

3 mathematics : a number greater than or equal to every number in a set (such as the range of a function) also : a number less than or equal to every number in a set

bound

Definition of bound (Entry 3 of 7)

past tense and past participle of bind

bound

verb (1)
bounded; bounding; bounds

Definition of bound (Entry 4 of 7)

transitive verb

1 : to set limits to : confine art … is always greater than the rules with which we may attempt to bound it— C. S. Kilby

2 : to form a separating line or the boundary of : enclose A chain-link fence bounds the yard. The state is bounded on its east by the Connecticut River.

3 : to name the boundaries of Students were asked to bound their state.

bound

adjective (2)

Definition of bound (Entry 5 of 7)

1 : placed under legal or moral restraint or obligation : obliged duty-bound

2a : fastened by or as if by a band : confined desk-bound

b : very likely : sure bound to rain soon

3 : made costive (see costive sense 1a) : constipated

4 of a book : secured to the covers by cords, tapes, or glue leather-bound

5 : determined, resolved was bound and determined to have his way

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 entry 1 sense 11d

bound

noun (2)

Definition of bound (Entry 6 of 7)

1 : leap, jump cleared the hedge at a bound

2 : the action of rebounding : bounce

bound

verb
bounded; bounding; bounds

Definition of bound (Entry 7 of 7)

intransitive verb

1 : to move by leaping deer bounding across a field She bounded down the stairs.

2 : rebound, bounce a bounding rubber ball

First Known Use of bound

Adjective (1)

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

circa 1556, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bound

Adjective (1)

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

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Anglo-French bounde, bodne, from Medieval Latin bodina

Verb (1)

see bound entry 2

Adjective (2)

Middle English bounden, from past participle of binden to bind

Noun (2)

Middle French bond, from bondir to leap, from Vulgar Latin *bombitire to hum, from Latin bombus deep hollow sound — more at bomb entry 1

Verb

see bound entry 6

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bound

adjective
\ˈbau̇nd \

Kids Definition of bound

 (Entry 1 of 7)

: going or intending to go homeward bound

bound

noun

Kids Definition of bound (Entry 2 of 7)

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.

bound

Kids Definition of bound (Entry 3 of 7)

past tense and past participle of bind

bound

verb
bounded; bounding

Kids Definition of bound (Entry 4 of 7)

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

bound

adjective

Kids Definition of bound (Entry 5 of 7)

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.

bound

noun

Kids Definition of bound (Entry 6 of 7)

: a leap or long jump

bound

verb
bounded; bounding

Kids Definition of bound (Entry 7 of 7)

: to make a long leap or move in leaps

bound

adjective
\ˈbau̇nd \

Medical Definition of bound 

1 : made costive : constipated

2 : held in chemical or physical combination bound water in a molecule

bound

noun

Legal Definition of bound 

(Entry 1 of 4)

1 : boundary usually used in pl. metes and bounds

2 : something that limits or restrains within the bounds of the law

bound

Legal Definition of bound (Entry 2 of 4)

past and past participle of bind

Legal Definition of bound (Entry 3 of 4)

: to form the boundary of or enclose property bounded on the north by a stone wall

bound

adjective

Legal Definition of bound (Entry 4 of 4)

: placed under a legal or moral restraint or obligation

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