bound

1
[ bound ]
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verb

simple past tense and past participle of bind.

adjective

Idioms

    bound up in/with,
    1. inseparably connected with.
    2. devoted or attached to: She is bound up in her teaching.

Origin of bound

1
past participle and past tense of bind
SYNONYMS FOR bound
5 liable, obligated, obliged, compelled.
Related formsbound·ness, noun

Definition for bound (2 of 7)

bound

2
[ bound ]
/ baʊnd /

verb (used without object)

to move by leaps; leap; jump; spring: The colt bounded through the meadow.
to rebound, as a ball; bounce: The ball bounded against the wall.

noun

a leap onward or upward; jump.
a rebound; bounce.

Origin of bound

2
1545–55; < Middle French bond a leap, bondir to leap, orig. resound ≪ Vulgar Latin *bombitīre for *bombitāre to buzz, whiz (Latin bomb(us) (see bomb) + -it- intensive suffix + -ā- thematic vowel + -re infinitive suffix)
Related formsbound·ing·ly, adverb
Can be confusedbind bound

Definition for bound (3 of 7)

bound

3
[ bound ]
/ baʊnd /

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to abut.

Origin of bound

3
1175–1225; Middle English bounde < Anglo-French; Old French bone, bonde, variant of bodne < Medieval Latin budina, of uncertain origin; cf. bourn2
Related formsbound·a·ble, adjective

Definition for bound (4 of 7)

bound

4
[ bound ]
/ baʊnd /

adjective

going or intending to go; on the way to; destined (usually followed by for): The train is bound for Denver.
Archaic. prepared; ready.

Origin of bound

4
1150–1200; Middle English b(o)un ready < Old Norse būinn, past participle of būa to get ready

Definition for bound (5 of 7)

Origin of bind

before 1000; Middle English binden (v.), Old English bindan; cognate with Old High German bintan, Old Norse binda, Gothic bindan, Sanskrit bandhati (he) binds
Related formsbind·a·ble, adjectivemis·bind, verb, mis·bound, mis·bind·ing.re·bind, verb, re·bound, re·bind·ing.
Can be confusedbind bound

Definition for bound (6 of 7)

-bound

1

a combining form of bound1: snowbound.

Definition for bound (7 of 7)

-bound

2

a combining form of bound4: eastbound.
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British Dictionary definitions for bound (1 of 5)

bound

1
/ (baʊnd) /

verb

the past tense and past participle of bind

adjective

British Dictionary definitions for bound (2 of 5)

bound

2
/ (baʊnd) /

verb

to move forwards or make (one's way) by leaps or jumps
to bounce; spring away from an impact

noun

a jump upwards or forwards
by leaps and bounds with unexpectedly rapid progessher condition improved by leaps and bounds
a sudden pronounced sense of excitementhis heart gave a sudden bound when he saw her
a bounce, as of a ball

Word Origin for bound

C16: from Old French bond a leap, from bondir to jump, resound, from Vulgar Latin bombitīre (unattested) to buzz, hum, from Latin bombus booming sound

British Dictionary definitions for bound (3 of 5)

bound

3
/ (baʊnd) /

verb

(tr) to place restrictions on; limit
(when intr, foll by on) to form a boundary of (an area of land or sea, political or administrative region, etc)

noun

maths
  1. a number which is greater than all the members of a set of numbers (an upper bound), or less than all its members (a lower bound)See also bounded (def. 1)
  2. more generally, an element of an ordered set that has the same ordering relation to all the members of a given subset
  3. whence, an estimate of the extent of some set
See bounds

Word Origin for bound

C13: from Old French bonde, from Medieval Latin bodina, of Gaulish origin

British Dictionary definitions for bound (4 of 5)

bound

4
/ (baʊnd) /

adjective

  1. (postpositive, often foll by for) going or intending to go towards; on the way toa ship bound for Jamaica; homeward bound
  2. (in combination)northbound traffic

Word Origin for bound

C13: from Old Norse buinn, past participle of būa to prepare

British Dictionary definitions for bound (5 of 5)

bind

/ (baɪnd) /

verb binds, binding or bound

noun

See also bind over

Word Origin for bind

Old English bindan; related to Old Norse binda, Old High German bintan, Latin offendix band ², Sanskrit badhnāti he binds
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Science definitions for bound

bind

[ bīnd ]

To combine with, form a bond with, or be taken up by a chemical or chemical structure. An enzyme, for example, is structured in such a way as to be able to bind with its substrate.
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Idioms and Phrases with bound (1 of 2)

bound


In addition to the idioms beginning with bound

  • bound and determined to
  • bound for
  • bound hand and foot
  • bound to, be
  • bound up in

also see:

  • by leaps and bounds
  • duty bound
  • honor bound
  • out of bounds
  • within bounds

Also see underbind.

Idioms and Phrases with bound (2 of 2)

bind


In addition to the idioms beginning with bind

  • bind hand and foot
  • bind over

also see:

  • in a bind

Also see underbound.

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