Definitions for: Bound


[n] a light springing movement upwards or forwards
[n] the line or plane indicating the limit or extent of something
[n] a line determining the limits of an area
[adj] (chemistry and physics) held with another element, substance or material in chemical or physical union
[adj] confined by bonds; "bound and gagged hostages"
[adj] secured with a cover or binding; often used as a combining form; "bound volumes"; "leather-bound volumes"
[adj] bound by contract
[adj] being under moral or legal obligation; "felt bound by his promise"
[adj] headed or intending to head in a certain direction; often used as a combining form as in `college-bound students'; "children bound for school"; "a flight destined for New York"
[adj] covered or wrapped with a bandage; "the bandaged wound on the back of his head"; "an injury bound in fresh gauze"
[adj] bound by an oath; "a bound official"
[v] place limits on (extent or access); "restrict the use of this parking lot"; "limit the time you can spend with your friends"
[v] spring back; spring away from an impact; "The rubber ball bounced"; "These particles do not resile but they unite after they collide"
[v] move forward by leaps and bounds; "The horse bounded across the meadow"; "The child leapt across the puddle"; "Can you jump over the fence?"
[v] form the boundary of; be contiguous to



Webster (1913) Definition: Bound, n. [OE. bounde, bunne, OF. bonne, bonde, bodne,
F. borne, fr. LL. bodina, bodena, bonna; prob. of Celtic
origin; cf. Arm. bonn boundary, limit, and boden, bod, a tuft
or cluster of trees, by which a boundary or limit could be
marked. Cf. Bourne.]
The external or limiting line, either real or imaginary, of
any object or space; that which limits or restrains, or
within which something is limited or restrained; limit;
confine; extent; boundary.

He hath compassed the waters with bounds. --Job xxvi.
10.

On earth's remotest bounds. --Campbell.

And mete the bounds of hate and love. --Tennyson.

To keep within bounds, not to exceed or pass beyond
assigned limits; to act with propriety or discretion.

Syn: See Boundary.


Bound, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bounded; p. pr. & vb. n.
Bounding.]
1. To limit; to terminate; to fix the furthest point of
extension of; -- said of natural or of moral objects; to
lie along, or form, a boundary of; to inclose; to
circumscribe; to restrain; to confine.

Where full measure only bounds excess. --Milton.

Phlegethon . . . Whose fiery flood the burning
empire bounds. --Dryden.

2. To name the boundaries of; as, to bound France.


Bound, v. i. [F. bondir to leap, OF. bondir, bundir, to
leap, resound, fr. L. bombitare to buzz, hum, fr. bombus a
humming, buzzing. See Bomb.]
1. To move with a sudden spring or leap, or with a succession
of springs or leaps; as the beast bounded from his den;
the herd bounded across the plain.

Before his lord the ready spaniel bounds. --Pope.

And the waves bound beneath me as a steed That knows
his rider. --Byron.

2. To rebound, as an elastic ball.


Bound, v. t.
1. To make to bound or leap; as, to bound a horse. [R.]
--Shak.

2. To cause to rebound; to throw so that it will rebound; as,
to bound a ball on the floor. [Collog.]


Bound, n.
1. A leap; an elastic spring; a jump.

A bound of graceful hardihood. --Wordsworth.

2. Rebound; as, the bound of a ball. --Johnson.

3. (Dancing) Spring from one foot to the other.


Bound,
imp. & p. p. of Bind.


Bound, p. p. & a.
1. Restrained by a hand, rope, chain, fetters, or the like.

2. Inclosed in a binding or cover; as, a bound volume.

3. Under legal or moral restraint or obligation.

4. Constrained or compelled; destined; certain; -- followed
by the infinitive; as, he is bound to succeed; he is bound
to fail.

5. Resolved; as, I am bound to do it. [Collog. U. S.]

6. Constipated; costive.

Note: Used also in composition; as, icebound, windbound,
hidebound, etc.

Bound bailiff (Eng. Law), a sheriff's officer who serves
writs, makes arrests, etc. The sheriff being answerable
for the bailiff's misdemeanors, the bailiff is usually
under bond for the faithful discharge of his trust.

Bound up in, entirely devoted to; inseparable from.


Bound, a. [Past p. of OE. bounen to prepare, fr. boun
ready, prepared, fr. Icel. b[=u]inn, p. p. of b[=u]a to
dwell, prepare; akin to E. boor and bower. See Bond, a.,
and cf. Busk, v.]
Ready or intending to go; on the way toward; going; -- with
to or for, or with an adverb of motion; as, a ship is bound
to Cadiz, or for Cadiz. ``The mariner bound homeward.''
--Cowper.

Synonyms: apprenticed, articled, bandaged, border, bounce, bounce, boundary, boundary, bounds, brassbound, cased, chained, compelled(p), confine, conjugate, conjugated, constrained(p), destined, edge, enchained, fettered, furled, half-bound, in bonds(p), in chains(p), in fetters(p), indentured, leap, leaping, limit, obligate, obligated(p), orientated, oriented, paperback, paperbacked, pinioned, rebound, recoil, resile, restrain, restrict, reverberate, ricochet, rolled, saltation, shackled, spring, spring, sworn, take a hop, tethered, throttle, tied, trammel, treated, trussed, well-bound, wired

Antonyms: free, unbound

See Also: approach, baffle, bestride, border, border, border on, borderline, bound, bound off, boundary line, bourn, bourne, brink, burst, caper, capriole, carom, check, city line, clamp down, climb on, confine, constrain, contain, control, county line, crack down, cramp, cumber, curb, curvet, delimitation, demarcation, demarcation line, district line, draw a line, draw the line, edge, enclose, encumber, end, extremity, fringe, frontier, galumph, gate, get on, glance, hairline, halter, hamper, harness, heliopause, hold, hold in, hold in, hop, hop on, hop-skip, inhibit, jump, jump, jump on, jump out, jumping, kick, kick back, leap, leap out, leapfrog, limit, line, lineation, lower bound, margin, mark off, mark out, moderate, mount, mount up, move, outer boundary, outline, overleap, perimeter, periphery, pounce, pronk, reduce, regulate, rein, rim, Rubicon, rule, saltate, shore, shoreline, ski jump, skip, skirt, stand out, stick out, stiffen, strangle, surface, thalweg, threshold, tie, tighten, tighten up, unfree, upper bound, vault, verge, verge

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