bound

3
[ bound ]
/ baʊnd /

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to abut.

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Idioms for bound

    out of bounds,
    1. beyond the official boundaries, prescribed limits, or restricted area: The ball bounced out of bounds.
    2. forbidden; prohibited: The park is out of bounds to students.

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

SYNONYMS FOR bound

OTHER WORDS FROM bound

bound·a·ble, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for boundable (1 of 4)

bound1
/ (baʊnd) /

verb

the past tense and past participle of bind

adjective

British Dictionary definitions for boundable (2 of 4)

bound2
/ (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 boundable (3 of 4)

bound3
/ (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 boundable (4 of 4)

bound4
/ (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
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Idioms and Phrases with boundable

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