Meaning of BOUND in English


I. ˈbau̇nd adjective

Etymology: Middle English boun, from Old Norse būinn, past participle of būa to dwell, prepare; akin to Old High German būan to dwell — more at bower

Date: 13th century

1. archaic : ready

2. : intending to go : going

bound for home

college- bound

II. noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French bounde, bodne, from Medieval Latin bodina

Date: 13th century


a. : a limiting line : boundary — usually used in plural

b. : something that limits or restrains

beyond the bound s of decency

2. usually plural

a. : borderland

b. : the land within certain bounds

3. : a number greater than or equal to every number in a set (as the range of a function) ; also : a number less than or equal to every number in a set


past and past participle of bind

IV. transitive verb

Date: 14th century

1. : to set limits or bounds to : confine

2. : to form the boundary of : enclose

3. : to name the boundaries of

V. adjective

Etymology: Middle English bounden, from past participle of binden to bind

Date: 14th century

1. : placed under legal or moral restraint or obligation : obliged

duty- bound


a. : fastened by or as if by a band : confined

desk- bound

b. : very likely : sure

bound to rain soon

3. : made costive : constipated

4. of a book : secured to the covers by cords, tapes, or glue

5. : determined , resolved

6. : held in chemical or physical combination

7. : always occurring in combination with another linguistic form

un- in unknown and -er in speaker are bound forms

— compare free 11d

VI. noun

Etymology: Middle French bond, from bondir to leap, from Vulgar Latin * bombitire to hum, from Latin bombus deep hollow sound — more at bomb

Date: circa 1553

1. : leap , jump

2. : the action of rebounding : bounce

VII. intransitive verb

Date: 1592

1. : to move by leaping

2. : rebound , bounce

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