Meaning of bound

bound




To bound is to jump or hop — usually as you run. Bound can also mean to go or to plan to go, especially to a certain destination, as in being bound for New York or homeward-bound.

Superman can “leap tall buildings in a single bound,” but the word bound is usually about boundaries. When you’re playing soccer or football, the ball goes “out of bounds.” Someone can also be bound with rope — tied up. Commitments are another kind of tie. When you get married, you’re bound to your partner. If you make a promise, you’re bound to your word. On a less pleasant note, if you’re constipated, you’re bound up.

Definitions of bound
  1. adjective

    confined by bonds

    bound and gagged hostages”
    Synonyms:

    chained, enchained

    bound with chains
    fettered, shackled

    bound by chains fastened around the ankles
    furled, rolled

    rolled up and secured
    pinioned

    bound fast especially having the arms restrained
    tethered

    confined or restricted with or as if with a rope or chain
    tied, trussed

    bound or secured closely
    wired

    tied or bound with wire
    unfree

    hampered and not free; not able to act at will
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    unbound

    not restrained or tied down by bonds
    unchained, unfettered, unshackled, untied

    not bound by shackles and chains
    untethered

    not confined or restricted with a tether
    free

    able to act at will; not hampered; not under compulsion or restraint
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  2. adjective

    secured with a cover or binding; often used as a combining form

    bound volumes”
    “leather-
    bound volumes”
    Synonyms:

    brassbound

    having trim or fittings of brass
    cased

    enclosed in a case
    half-bound

    (of books) having the back bound in one material and the sides in another
    paperback, paperbacked

    (of books) having a flexible binding
    well-bound

    (of books) having a sturdy and attractive binding
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    unbound

    not secured within a cover
    looseleaf

    being or having leaves that can be easily removed or rearranged
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  3. adjective

    held with another element, substance or material in chemical or physical union

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    conjugate, conjugated

    of an organic compound; containing two or more double bonds each separated from the other by a single bond
    conjugate, conjugated

    formed by the union of two compounds
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    free

    unconstrained or not chemically bound in a molecule or not fixed and capable of relatively unrestricted motion
    liberated

    (of a gas e.g.) released from chemical combination
    unbound

    not held in chemical or physical combination
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  4. adjective

    covered or wrapped with a bandage

    “an injury
    bound in fresh gauze”
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    bandaged

    treated

    given medical care or treatment
  5. adjective

    bound by an oath

    “a
    bound official”
    Synonyms:

    sworn

    bound by or stated on oath
  6. adjective

    bound by contract

    synonyms:

    apprenticed, articled, indentured

    unfree

    hampered and not free; not able to act at will
  7. adjective

    (usually followed by `to’) governed by fate

    bound to happen”
    synonyms:

    destined

    certain, sure

    certain to occur; destined or inevitable
  8. adjective

    headed or intending to head in a certain direction; often used as a combining form as in `college-bound students’

    “children
    bound for school”
    synonyms:

    destined

    orientated, oriented

    adjusted or located in relation to surroundings or circumstances; sometimes used in combination
  9. adjective

    confined in the bowels

    “he is
    bound in the belly”
    Synonyms:

    constipated

    have difficult or incomplete or infrequent evacuation of the bowels
  10. noun

    the line or plane indicating the limit or extent of something

    synonyms:

    boundary, bounds

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    Rubicon

    the boundary in ancient times between Italy and Gaul; Caesar’s crossing it with his army in 49 BC was an act of war
    Mohorovicic discontinuity

    the boundary between the Earth’s crust and the underlying mantle
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    hairline

    the natural margin formed by hair on the head
    frontier

    an international boundary or the area (often fortified) immediately inside the boundary
    heliopause

    the boundary marking the edge of the sun’s influence; the boundary (roughly 100 AU from the sun) between the interplanetary medium and the interstellar medium; where the solar wind from the sun and the radiation from other stars meet
    border, borderline, boundary line, delimitation, mete

    a line that indicates a boundary
    bourn, bourne

    an archaic term for a boundary
    district line

    the boundary between two districts
    county line

    the boundary between two counties
    city line

    the boundary of a city
    border, edge

    the boundary of a surface
    end

    a boundary marking the extremities of something
    demarcation, demarcation line, limit

    the boundary of a specific area
    lineation, outline

    the line that appears to bound an object
    surface

    the extended two-dimensional outer boundary of a three-dimensional object
    shoreline

    a boundary line between land and water
    edge

    the outside limit of an object or area or surface; a place farthest away from the center of something
    interface

    (chemistry) a surface forming a common boundary between two things (two objects or liquids or chemical phases)
    hard palate

    the bony part of the roof of the mouth
    palate, roof of the mouth

    the upper surface of the mouth that separates the oral and nasal cavities
    face, side

    a surface forming part of the outside of an object
    circuit, circumference

    the boundary line encompassing an area or object
    fence line

    a boundary line created by a fence
    property line

    the boundary line between two pieces of property
    state boundary, state line

    the boundary between two states
    brink

    the edge of a steep place
    celestial sphere, empyrean, firmament, heavens, sphere, vault of heaven, welkin

    the apparent surface of the imaginary sphere on which celestial bodies appear to be projected
    city limit, city limits

    the limits of the area occupied by a city or town
    end

    the surface at either extremity of a three-dimensional object
    inside, interior

    the inner or enclosed surface of something
    limb

    (astronomy) the circumferential edge of the apparent disc of the sun or the moon or a planet
    upper limit

    the limit on the upper (or northernmost) side of something
    lower limit

    the limit on the lower (or southernmost) side of something
    coastline

    the outline of a coast
    silhouette

    an outline of a solid object (as cast by its shadow)
    exterior, outside

    the outer side or surface of something
    skyline

    the outline of objects seen against the sky
    substrate, substratum

    a surface on which an organism grows or is attached
    three-mile limit

    the limit of a nation’s territorial waters
    wave front, wavefront

    (physics) an imaginary surface joining all points in space that are reached at the same instant by a wave propagating through a medium
    photosphere

    the intensely luminous surface of a star (especially the sun)
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    extremity

    the outermost or farthest region or point

  11. noun

    a line determining the limits of an area

    synonyms:

    boundary, edge

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    rim

    the shape of a raised edge of a more or less circular object
    border, margin, perimeter

    the boundary line or the area immediately inside the boundary
    fringe, outer boundary, periphery

    the outside boundary or surface of something
    brink, threshold, verge

    a region marking a boundary
    upper bound

    (mathematics) a number equal to or greater than any other number in a given set
    lower bound

    (mathematics) a number equal to or less than any other number in a given set
    thalweg

    the middle of the chief navigable channel of a waterway that forms the boundary line between states
    lip

    either the outer margin or the inner margin of the aperture of a gastropod’s shell
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    line

    a length (straight or curved) without breadth or thickness; the trace of a moving point

  12. noun

    the greatest possible degree of something

    “what he did was beyond the
    bounds of acceptable behavior”
    synonyms:

    boundary, limit

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    knife-edge

    a narrow boundary
    absoluteness, starkness, utterness

    the quality of being complete or utter or extreme
    heat barrier, thermal barrier

    a limit to high speed flight imposed by aerodynamic heating
    level best, maximum, utmost, uttermost

    the greatest possible degree
    brink, verge

    the limit beyond which something happens or changes
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    extent

    the distance or area or volume over which something extends

  13. verb

    form the boundary of; be contiguous to

    synonyms:

    border

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    skirt

    form the edge of
    verge

    border on; come close to
    shore

    serve as a shore to
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    confine, enclose, hold in

    close in; “darkness confined him”

  14. verb

    place limits on (extent or access)

    synonyms:

    confine, limit, restrain, restrict, throttle, trammel

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    reduce, tighten

    narrow or limit
    tie

    limit or restrict to
    gate

    restrict (school boys’) movement to the dormitory or campus as a means of punishment
    draw a line, draw the line

    reasonably object (to) or set a limit (on)
    mark off, mark out

    set boundaries to and delimit
    harness, rein, rule

    keep in check
    baffle, regulate

    check the emission of (sound)
    cramp, halter, hamper, strangle

    prevent the progress or free movement of
    constrain, stiffen, tighten, tighten up

    restrict
    clamp down, crack down

    repress or suppress (something regarded as undesirable)
    constrict, inhibit

    limit the range or extent of
    constrain, cumber, encumber, restrain

    hold back
    bridle

    put a bridle on
    curb

    keep to the curb
    clog

    impede the motion of, as with a chain or a burden
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    check, contain, control, curb, hold, hold in, moderate

    lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits

  15. verb

    move forward by leaps and bounds

    “The horse
    bounded across the meadow”
    synonyms:

    jump, leap, spring

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    pronk

    jump straight up
    bounce, rebound, recoil, resile, reverberate, ricochet, spring, take a hop

    spring back; spring away from an impact
    burst

    move suddenly, energetically, or violently
    bounce

    leap suddenly
    capriole

    perform a capriole, of horses in dressage
    galumph

    move around heavily and clumsily
    ski jump

    jump on skis
    saltate

    leap or skip, often in dancing
    vault

    bound vigorously
    leapfrog

    jump across
    overleap, vault

    jump across or leap over (an obstacle)
    curvet

    perform a leap where both hind legs come off the ground, of a horse
    hop, hop-skip, skip

    jump lightly
    caper

    jump about playfully
    hop

    make a jump forward or upward
    kick, kick back, recoil

    spring back, as from a forceful thrust
    bound off, skip

    bound off one point after another
    carom

    rebound after hitting
    hurdle

    jump a hurdle
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    move

    move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

  16. verb

    spring back; spring away from an impact

    synonyms:

    bounce, rebound, recoil, resile, reverberate, ricochet, spring, take a hop

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    kick, kick back, recoil

    spring back, as from a forceful thrust
    bound off, skip

    bound off one point after another
    carom

    rebound after hitting
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    jump, leap, spring

    move forward by leaps and bounds

  17. noun

    a light, self-propelled movement upwards or forwards

    synonyms:

    bounce, leap, leaping, saltation, spring

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    types:

    caper, capriole

    a playful leap or hop
    pounce

    the act of pouncing
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    jump, jumping

    the act of jumping; propelling yourself off the ground

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