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BOUND

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does bound mean? 

BOUND (noun)
  The noun BOUND has 4 senses:

1. a line determining the limits of an area
2. the line or plane indicating the limit or extent of something
3. the greatest possible degree of something
4. a light, self-propelled movement upwards or forwards

  Familiarity information: BOUND used as a noun is uncommon.


BOUND (adjective)
  The adjective BOUND has 9 senses:

1. held with another element, substance or material in chemical or physical union
2. confined by bonds
3. secured with a cover or binding; often used as a combining form
4. (usually followed by 'to') governed by fate
5. covered or wrapped with a bandage
6. headed or intending to head in a certain direction; often used as a combining form as in 'college-bound students'
7. bound by an oath
8. bound by contract
9. confined in the bowels

  Familiarity information: BOUND used as an adjective is familiar.


BOUND (verb)
  The verb BOUND has 4 senses:

1. move forward by leaps and bounds
2. form the boundary of; be contiguous to
3. place limits on (extent or access)
4. spring back; spring away from an impact

  Familiarity information: BOUND used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


BOUND (noun)


Sense 1bound [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A line determining the limits of an area

Classified under:

Nouns denoting two and three dimensional shapes

Synonyms:

bound; boundary; edge

Hypernyms ("bound" is a kind of...):

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

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "bound"):

thalweg (the middle of the chief navigable channel of a waterway that forms the boundary line between states)

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

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

brink; threshold; verge (a region marking a boundary)

fringe; outer boundary; periphery (the outside boundary or surface of something)

border; margin; perimeter (the boundary line or the area immediately inside the boundary)

rim (the shape of a raised edge of a more or less circular object)


Sense 2bound [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The line or plane indicating the limit or extent of something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Synonyms:

boundary; bounds; bound

Hypernyms ("bound" is a kind of...):

extremity (the outermost or farthest region or point)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "bound"):

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)

city line (the boundary of a city)

county line (the boundary between two counties)

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 and the wind 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)

Instance hyponyms:

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)

Moho; Mohorovicic discontinuity (the boundary between the Earth's crust and the underlying mantle)


Sense 3bound [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The greatest possible degree of something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

limit; boundary; bound

Context examples:

what he did was beyond the bounds of acceptable behavior / to the limit of his ability

Hypernyms ("bound" is a kind of...):

extent (the distance or area or volume over which something extends)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "bound"):

brink; verge (the limit beyond which something happens or changes)

level best; maximum; utmost; uttermost (the greatest possible degree)

heat barrier; thermal barrier (a limit to high speed flight imposed by aerodynamic heating)

absoluteness; starkness; utterness (the quality of being complete or utter or extreme)

knife-edge (a narrow boundary)


Sense 4bound [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A light, self-propelled movement upwards or forwards

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

leap; leaping; bounce; bound; spring; saltation

Hypernyms ("bound" is a kind of...):

jump; jumping (the act of jumping; propelling yourself off the ground)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "bound"):

caper; capriole (a playful leap or hop)

pounce (the act of pouncing)


BOUND (adjective)


Sense 1bound [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Similar:

conjugate; conjugated (formed by the union of two compounds)

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

Domain category:

natural philosophy; physical science; physics (the science of matter and energy and their interactions)

chemical science; chemistry (the science of matter; the branch of the natural sciences dealing with the composition of substances and their properties and reactions)

Antonym:

free (unconstrained or not chemically bound in a molecule or not fixed and capable of relatively unrestricted motion)


Sense 2bound [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Confined by bonds

Context example:

bound and gagged hostages

Similar:

chained; enchained; in chains (bound with chains)

fettered; in bonds; in fetters; 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)

Also:

unfree (hampered and not free; not able to act at will)

Antonym:

unbound (not restrained or tied down by bonds)


Sense 3bound [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Context examples:

bound volumes / leather-bound volumes

Similar:

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)

Antonym:

unbound (not secured within a cover)


Sense 4bound [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(usually followed by 'to') governed by fate

Synonyms:

destined; bound

Context examples:

bound to happen / an old house destined to be demolished / he is destined to be famous

Similar:

certain; sure (certain to occur; destined or inevitable)


Sense 5bound [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Covered or wrapped with a bandage

Synonyms:

bandaged; bound

Context examples:

the bandaged wound on the back of his head / an injury bound in fresh gauze

Similar:

treated (given medical care or treatment)


Sense 6bound [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Headed or intending to head in a certain direction; often used as a combining form as in 'college-bound students'

Synonyms:

destined; bound

Context examples:

children bound for school / a flight destined for New York

Similar:

orientated; oriented (adjusted or located in relation to surroundings or circumstances; sometimes used in combination)


Sense 7bound [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Bound by an oath

Context example:

a bound official

Similar:

sworn (bound by or stated on oath)


Sense 8bound [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Bound by contract

Synonyms:

indentured; articled; apprenticed; bound

Similar:

unfree (hampered and not free; not able to act at will)


Sense 9bound [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Confined in the bowels

Context example:

he is bound in the belly

Similar:

constipated (have difficult or incomplete or infrequent evacuation of the bowels)


BOUND (verb)


Sense 1bound [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Move forward by leaps and bounds

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

spring; leap; jump; bound

Context examples:

The horse bounded across the meadow / The child leapt across the puddle / Can you jump over the fence?

Hypernyms (to "bound" is one way to...):

move (move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "bound"):

hop (make a jump forward or upward)

caper (jump about playfully)

hop; hop-skip; skip (jump lightly)

curvet (perform a leap where both hind legs come off the ground, of a horse)

overleap; vault (jump across or leap over (an obstacle))

leapfrog (jump across)

vault (bound vigorously)

saltate (leap or skip, often in dancing)

ski jump (jump on skis)

pronk (jump straight up)

bounce; bound; 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)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 2bound [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Form the boundary of; be contiguous to

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

border; bound

Hypernyms (to "bound" is one way to...):

confine; enclose; hold in (close in or confine)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "bound"):

skirt (form the edge of)

verge (border on; come close to)

shore (serve as a shore to)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 3bound [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Place limits on (extent or access)

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

throttle; limit; confine; restrain; trammel; restrict; bound

Context examples:

restrict the use of this parking lot / limit the time you can spend with your friends

Hypernyms (to "bound" is one way to...):

check; contain; control; curb; hold; hold in; moderate (lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "bound"):

constrain; cumber; encumber; restrain (hold back)

inhibit (limit the range or extent of)

clamp down; crack down (repress or suppress (something regarded as undesirable))

constrain; stiffen; tighten; tighten up (restrict)

cramp; halter; hamper; strangle (prevent the progress or free movement of)

baffle; regulate (check the emission of (sound))

harness; rein; rule (keep in check)

mark off; mark out (set boundaries to and delimit)

draw a line; draw the line (reasonably object (to) or set a limit (on))

gate (restrict (school boys') movement to the dormitory or campus as a means of punishment)

tie (limit or restrict to)

reduce; tighten (narrow or limit)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody PP
Somebody ----s something PP


Sense 4bound [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Spring back; spring away from an impact

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

bounce; take a hop; rebound; ricochet; resile; recoil; spring; bound; reverberate

Context examples:

The rubber ball bounced / These particles do not resile but they unite after they collide

Hypernyms (to "bound" is one way to...):

bound; jump; leap; spring (move forward by leaps and bounds)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "bound"):

carom; glance (rebound after hitting)

bound off; skip (bound off one point after another)

kick; kick back; recoil (spring back, as from a forceful thrust)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Something is ----ing PP


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