boundary

noun
bound·​ary | \ ˈbau̇n-d(ə-)rē How to pronounce boundary (audio) \
plural boundaries

Definition of boundary

: something that indicates or fixes a limit or extent Those two trees mark the boundary of our property. the mountain range that forms the country's northern boundary

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Other Words from boundary

boundaryless \ ˈbau̇n-​d(ə-​)rē-​ləs How to pronounce boundaryless (audio) \ adjective
boundarylessness noun

Examples of boundary in a Sentence

Those two trees mark the boundary of our property. The river forms the country's western boundary. at the boundary between fact and fiction You need to set boundaries with your children. Did he violate the boundaries of the doctor-patient relationship?
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Recent Examples on the Web Voters overwhelmingly approved Metro’s $475 million bond that the regional government plans to use to buy more greenspace, improve existing parks and support programs in cities and counties within its boundaries. oregonlive, "Voters approve $475 million Metro bond for unspecified greenspace, parks improvements," 6 Nov. 2019 Agencies have to build new cultures of collaboration across their organizations’ boundaries. Anne Deprince, The Conversation, "Don’t make intimate violence victims look for help – research shows they fare better when police and community organizations coordinate assistance," 1 Nov. 2019 The project will reduce the amount of polluted runoff that enters local waterways through proper management of stormwater discharges from developments and redevelopments within its boundaries, according to city officials. Jesse Garza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Tent City' eviction deadline passes as DOT gives occupants more time to relocate," 1 Nov. 2019 Agencies have to build new cultures of collaboration across their organizations’ boundaries. Anne Deprince, chicagotribune.com, "Don’t make intimate violence victims look for help -- research shows they fare better when police and community organizations coordinate assistance," 1 Nov. 2019 The North Central State Trail runs along its west-northwest boundary. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "DNR buys 2,103 acres of land in northern Michigan, opens it for hunting, camping, more," 31 Oct. 2019 Chaco Culture National Historical Park is at the center of a decades-long debate over how to manage oil and gas development in a sprawling area of northwestern New Mexico that is dotted by sites tied to the park but that lie outside its boundaries. Susan Montoya Bryan, The Denver Post, "U.S. House OKs protections near historical park in New Mexico," 30 Oct. 2019 If this is the Age of Content, Stagg is interested in finding its literary boundaries. Zoë Hu, The New Republic, "Natasha Stagg Has No Illusions," 28 Oct. 2019 In most other post-war elections, Tories won the seat, which was renamed Finchley and Golders Green when its boundaries were redrawn in 1997. The Economist, "Finchley shows how Brexit could transform the Lib Dems’ chances," 24 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of boundary

1598, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for boundary

bound entry 6 + -ary entry 1

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14 Nov 2019

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The first known use of boundary was in 1598

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boundary

noun
How to pronounce boundary (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of boundary

: something (such as a river, a fence, or an imaginary line) that shows where an area ends and another area begins
: a point or limit that indicates where two things become different
: unofficial rules about what should not be done : limits that define acceptable behavior

boundary

noun
bound·​ary | \ ˈbau̇n-də-rē How to pronounce boundary (audio) , ˈbau̇n-drē\
plural boundaries

Kids Definition of boundary

: something that points out or shows a limit or end : a dividing line

boundary

noun
bound·​ary
plural boundaries

Legal Definition of boundary

: a theoretical line that marks the limit of an area of land

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