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unbound

[uhn-bound]
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verb
  1. simple past tense and past participle of unbind.
adjective
  1. not bound, as a book.
  2. free; not attached, as by a chemical bond: unbound electrons.

Origin of unbound

before 900; (adj.) Middle English unbounde, unbunden, Old English unbunden; see un-1, bound1
Can be confusedunbound unbounded

unbind

[uhn-bahynd]
verb (used with object), un·bound, un·bind·ing.
  1. to release from bonds or restraint, as a prisoner; free.
  2. to unfasten or loose, as a bond or tie.

Origin of unbind

before 950; Middle English unbinden, Old English unbindan; cognate with German entbinden. See un-2, bind
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Examples from the Web for unbound

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  • He unbound his crimson silk cloth and whisked it about in the water to wash it.

  • She unbound and bound him in sections, as it were; he watching her with a morose smile.

  • Her glowing copper hair, all unbound, fell about her shoulders like a mantle.

    The Strolling Saint

    Raphael Sabatini

  • My unbound books, and all my tracts and pamphlets, are to be tied up with pink tape.

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    Paul Allardyce

  • They unbound him and took him with them in their wanderings for three years.


British Dictionary definitions for unbound

unbound

verb
  1. the past tense and past participle of unbind
adjective
  1. (of a book) not bound within a cover
  2. not restrained or tied down by bonds
  3. (of a morpheme) able to form a word by itself; free

unbind

verb -binds, -binding or -bound (tr)
  1. to set free from restraining bonds or chains; release
  2. to unfasten or make loose (a bond, tie, etc)
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Word Origin and History for unbound

unbind

v.

Old English unbindan, "to free from binding," from un- (2) + bind (v.). Cf. German entbinden, Dutch ontbinden. Literal and figurative senses both present in Old English.

Suæ huæt ðu unbindes ofer eorðu bið unbunden in heofnum. [Lindisfarne Gospels, Matt. xvi:19]

Unbound is from Old English unbunden, in literal sense. Figurative sense first attested late 14c.; of books from 1540s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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