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bound

adjective \ ˈbau̇nd \

Definition of bound

1 archaic :ready
2 :intending to go :going
  • bound for home
  • college-bound

Origin and Etymology 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


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bound

noun

Definition of bound

1 a :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
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

Origin and Etymology of bound

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


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bound

Definition of bound

  • past tense and past participle of bind

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bound

verb

Definition of bound

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.

Origin and Etymology of bound

see 2bound


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bound

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 (see costive 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
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Origin and Etymology of bound

Middle English bounden, from past participle of binden to bind


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bound

noun

Definition of bound

1 :leap, jump
  • cleared the hedge at a bound
2 :the action of rebounding :bounce

Origin and Etymology of bound

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


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bound

verb

Definition of bound

intransitive verb
1 :to move by leaping
  • deer bounding across a field
  • She bounded down the stairs.
2 :rebound, bounce
  • a bounding rubber ball

Origin and Etymology of bound

see 6bound


BOUND Defined for Kids

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bound

adjective \ ˈbau̇nd \

Definition of bound for Students

: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!


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bound

noun

Definition of bound for Students

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.

3

bound

Definition of bound for Students

  • past tense and past participle of bind

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bound

verb

Definition of bound for Students

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

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bound

adjective

Definition of bound for Students

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.

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bound

noun

Definition of bound for Students

:a leap or long jump

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bound

verb

Definition of bound for Students

bounded; bounding
:to make a long leap or move in leaps

Medical Dictionary

bound

adjective \ ˈbau̇nd \

medical Definition of bound

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

Law Dictionary

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bound

noun

legal Definition of bound

1 :boundary usually used in pl.
  • metes and bounds
2 :something that limits or restrains
  • within the bounds of the law

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bound

legal Definition of bound

  • past and past participle of bind

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bound

transitive verb

legal Definition of bound

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

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bound

adjective

legal Definition of bound

:placed under a legal or moral restraint or obligation


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