1) pt. and pp. of bind
2) tied; in bonds:
a bound prisoner[/ex]
3) cvb confined to or by something:
bound to one's desk[/ex]
4) made fast as if by a band or bond
5) secured within a cover, as a book
6) law under a legal or moral obligation
7) destined or certain:
It is bound to happen[/ex]
8) determined:
He is bound to go[/ex]
9) pat constipated
10) chem. phs held with another element or material in chemical or physical union
11) ling. (of a linguistic form) occurring only in combination with other forms, never by itself, as most affixes: The -ed in seated is a bound form
Compare free 31)
12) pho (of a variable in logic) occurring within the scope of a quantifier
Compare free 28) bound′ness, n. II
[[t]baʊnd[/t]] v.
1) to move by leaps; spring
2) to rebound; bounce
3) a leap onward or upward; jump
4) a rebound; bounce
Etymology: 1545–55; < MF bond a leap, bondir to leap bound′ing•ly, adv. III
[[t]baʊnd[/t]] n.
1) Usu., bounds. limit or boundary:
within the bounds of reason[/ex]
2) something that limits, confines, or restrains
3) bounds
a) territories on or near a boundary
b) land within boundary lines
4) math. a number greater than or equal to, or less than or equal to, all the numbers in a given set:
greatest lower bound[/ex]
5) to limit by or as if by bounds
6) to form the boundary or limit of
7) to name or list the boundaries of
8) to abut
Etymology: 1175–1225; ME bounde < AF; OF bone, bonde, var. of bodne < ML budina, of uncert. orig.; cf. bourn II bound′a•ble, adj. IV
[[t]baʊnd[/t]] adj.
1) going or intending to go; destined (usu. fol. by for):
The train is bound for Denver[/ex]
2) archaic prepared; ready
Etymology: 1150–1200; ME b(o) un ready < ON būinn, ptp. of būa to get ready

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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