- The definition of bound is destined to happen or tied or secured physically or emotionally.
- An example of bound is an accident occurring if someone continuously plays dangerously with sharp knives.
- An example of bound is hands tied together with rope.
bound definition by Webster's New World
- to move with a leap or series of leaps
- to spring back from a surface after striking it, as a ball; bounce; rebound
Origin: Middle French bondir ; from Old French to leap, make a noise, origin, originally , to echo back ; from Late Latin bombitare, to buzz, hum ; from Classical Latin bombus, a humming: see bomb
- a jump; leap
- a springing back from a surface after striking it; bounce
- confined by or as by binding; tied
- closely connected or related
- certain; sure; destined: bound to lose
- under compulsion; obliged: legally bound to accept
- provided with a binding or attached cover, as a book
- Informal having one's mind made up; resolved: a team bound on winning
- Linguis. designating a form, or morpheme, that never occurs alone as an independent word: in “singing,” -ing is a bound form, but sing is not
- ready to go or going; headed: often with for: bound for home
- Archaic ready; prepared
Origin: Middle English boun, ready (+ -d, probably by associated, association with bound) ; from Old Norse buinn, past participle of bua, to prepare: see bondage
- a boundary; limit
- an area near, alongside, or enclosed by a boundary
Origin: Middle English bounde ; from Old French bunne, bodne ; from Midieval Latin bodina, butina, boundary, boundary marker
- to provide with bounds; limit; confine
- to be a limit or boundary to
- ☆ to name the boundaries of (a state, etc.)
bound definition by American Heritage Dictionary
intransitive verb bound·ed, bound·ing, bounds
- To leap forward or upward; spring.
- To progress by forward leaps or springs.
- To bounce; rebound.
- A leap; a jump.
- A rebound; a bounce.
Origin: French bondir, to bounce, from Old French, to resound, perhaps from Vulgar Latin *bombitīre, from Latin bombitāre, to hum, from bombus, a humming sound, from Greek bombos.
- A boundary; a limit. Often used in the plural: Our joy knew no bounds. Your remarks exceed the bounds of reason.
- bounds The territory on, within, or near limiting lines: the bounds of the kingdom.
- To set a limit to; confine: a high wall that bounded the prison yard; lives that were bounded by poverty.
- To constitute the boundary or limit of: a city park that was bounded by busy streets.
- To identify the boundaries of; demarcate.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French bodne, bonde and Anglo-Norman bunde, both from Medieval Latin bodina, of Celtic origin.
- Confined by bonds; tied: bound and gagged hostages.
- Being under legal or moral obligation: bound by my promise.
- Equipped with a cover or binding: bound volumes.
- Predetermined; certain: We're bound to be late.
- Determined; resolved: She's bound to be mayor.
- Linguistics Being a form, especially a morpheme, that cannot stand as an independent word, such as a prefix or suffix.
Origin: Alteration of Middle English boun, ready, from Old Norse būinn, past participle of būa, to get ready; see bheuə- in Indo-European roots.
bound - Phrases/Idioms
bound up inor bound up with
- deeply devoted to
- implicated or involved in
out of bounds
- beyond the boundaries or limits, as of a playing field
- not to be entered or used; forbidden
Variant of bind
- to tie together; make fast or tight, as with a rope or band
- to hold or restrain as if tied or tied down: bound by convention
- to gird or encircle with a belt, girdle, etc.; wrap or fasten around
- to bandage: often with up
- to make stick together; make cohere
- to tighten the bowels of; constipate
- to strengthen, secure, or ornament the edges of by a band, as of tape
- to fasten together the printed pages of (a book) and enclose them within a protective cover
- to secure or make firm (a bargain, contract, etc.)
- to obligate by duty, love, etc.
- to compel, as by oath, legal restraint, or contract
- to make an apprentice of; indenture: often with out or over
- to unite or hold, as by a feeling of loyalty or love
Origin: Middle English binden ; from Old English bindan ; from Indo-European base an unverified form bhendh- from source band, bend, Sanskrit badhnti, (he) binds, Gothic bindan
- to do the act of binding
- to be or become tight, hard, or stiff
- to be constricting or restricting
- to stick together
- to be obligatory or binding in force
- anything that binds
- ☆ Informal a difficult or restrictive situation; jam: to be in a bind
- Music tie ()