bounded

[ boun-did ]
/ ˈbaʊn dɪd /

adjective

having bounds or limits.
Mathematics.
  1. (of a function) having a range with an upper bound and a lower bound.
  2. (of a sequence) having the absolute value of each term less than or equal to some specified positive number.
  3. (of the variation of a function) having the variation less than a positive number.

Origin of bounded

First recorded in 1590–1600; bound3 + -ed2
Related formsbound·ed·ly, adverbbound·ed·ness, noun

Definition for bounded (2 of 4)

bound

1
[ bound ]
/ baʊnd /

verb

simple past tense and past participle of bind.

adjective

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 bounded (3 of 4)

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 bounded (4 of 4)

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
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British Dictionary definitions for bounded (1 of 5)

bounded

/ (ˈbaʊndɪd) /

adjective maths

(of a set) having a bound, esp where a measure is defined in terms of which all the elements of the set, or the differences between all pairs of members, are less than some value, or else all its members lie within some other well-defined set
(of an operator, function, etc) having a bounded set of values

British Dictionary definitions for bounded (2 of 5)

bound

1
/ (baʊnd) /

verb

the past tense and past participle of bind

adjective

British Dictionary definitions for bounded (3 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 bounded (4 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 bounded (5 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
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Idioms and Phrases with bounded

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.

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