- 1 English
- 1.1 Alternative forms
- 1.2 Pronunciation
- 1.3 Etymology 1
- 1.4 Etymology 2
- 1.5 Etymology 3
- 1.6 Etymology 4
- bownd (archaic)
- simple past tense and past participle of
1905, Baroness Emmuska Orczy, chapter 1, in The Fate of the Artemis:
- “[…] Captain Markam had been found lying half-insensible, gagged and bound, on the floor of the sitting-room, his hands and feet tightly pinioned, and a woollen comforter wound closely round his mouth and neck ; whilst Mrs. Markham's jewel-case, containing valuable jewellery and the secret plans of Port Arthur, had disappeared. […]”
bound (not comparable)
- (with infinitive) Obliged (to).
You are not legally bound to reply.
- (with infinitive) Very likely (to).
1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 5, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
- When you're well enough off so's you don't have to fret about anything but your heft or your diseases you begin to get queer, I suppose. And the queerer the cure for those ailings the bigger the attraction. A place like the Right Livers' Rest was bound to draw freaks, same as molasses draws flies.
They were bound to come into conflict eventually.
- (linguistics, of a morpheme) That cannot stand alone as a free word.
- (mathematics, logic, of a variable) Constrained by a quantifier.
- (dated) constipated; costive
- Confined or restricted to a certain place; e.g. railbound.
- Unable to move in certain conditions; e.g. snowbound.
- (logic: constrained by a quantifier): free
bound (plural bounds)
- (often used in plural) A boundary, the border which one must cross in order to enter or leave a territory.
- I reached the northern bound of my property, took a deep breath and walked on.
- Somewhere within these bounds you may find a buried treasure.
- (mathematics) a value which is known to be greater or smaller than a given set of values
- The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout#Translations.
- To surround a territory or other geographical entity.
- France, Portugal, Gibraltar and Andorra bound Spain.
- Kansas is bounded by Nebraska on the north, Missouri on the east, Oklahoma on the south and Colorado on the west.
- (mathematics) To be the boundary of.
From French bondir (“to leap, bound, originally make a loud resounding noise”); perhaps, from Late Latin bombitāre, present active infinitive of bombitō (“hum, buzz”), frequentive verb, from Latin bombus (“a humming or buzzing”).
bound (plural bounds)
- A sizeable jump, great leap.
- The deer crossed the stream in a single bound.
- A spring from one foot to the other in dancing.
- (dated) A bounce; a rebound.
- the bound of a ball
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Johnson to this entry?)
- (intransitive) To leap, move by jumping.
- The rabbit bounded down the lane.
- (transitive) To cause to leap.
- to bound a horse
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)
- (intransitive, dated) To rebound; to bounce.
- a rubber ball bounds on the floor
- (transitive, dated) To cause to rebound; to throw so that it will rebound; to bounce.
- to bound a ball on the floor
- (obsolete) ready, prepared.
- ready, able to start or go (to); moving in the direction (of).
- Which way are you bound?
- Is that message bound for me?