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Bound

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Bind \Bind\, verb (used with an object) [imp. {Bound}; p. p. {Bound}, formerly {Bounden}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Binding}.] [AS. bindan, perfect tense band, bundon, p. p. bunden; akin to D. & G. binden, Dan. binde, Sw. & Icel. binda, Goth. bindan, Skr. bandh (for bhandh) to bind, cf. Gr. ? (for ?) cable, and L. offendix. [root]90.]

1. To tie, or confine with a cord, band, ligature, chain, etc.; to fetter; to make fast; as, to bind grain in bundles; to bind a prisoner.

2. To confine, restrain, or hold by physical force or influence of any kind; as, attraction binds the planets to the sun; frost binds the earth, or the streams.

He bindeth the floods from overflowing. --Job xxviii. 11.

Whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years. --Luke xiii. 16.

3. To cover, as with a bandage; to bandage or dress; -- sometimes with up; as, to bind up a wound.

4. To make fast ( a thing) about or upon something, as by tying; to encircle with something; as, to bind a belt about one; to bind a compress upon a part.

5. To prevent or restrain from customary or natural action; as, certain drugs bind the bowels.

6. To protect or strengthen by a band or binding, as the edge of a carpet or garment.

7. To sew or fasten together, and inclose in a cover; as, to bind a book.

8. Fig.: To oblige, restrain, or hold, by authority, law, duty, promise, vow, affection, or other moral tie; as, to bind the conscience; to bind by kindness; bound by affection; commerce binds nations to each other.

Who made our laws to bind us, not himself. --Milton.

9. (Law) (a) To bring (any one) under definite legal obligations; esp. under the obligation of a bond or covenant. --Abbott. (b) To place under legal obligation to serve; to indenture; as, to bind an apprentice; -- sometimes with out; as, bound out to service.

{To bind over}, to put under bonds to do something, as to appear at court, to keep the peace, etc.

{To bind to}, to contract; as, to bind one's self to a wife.

{To bind up in}, to cause to be wholly engrossed with; to absorb in.

Syn: To fetter; tie; fasten; restrain; restrict; oblige.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Bound \Bound\, adjective [Past p. of OE. bounen to prepare, fr. boun ready, prepared, fr. Icel. b[=u]inn, p. p. of b[=u]a to dwell, prepare; akin to E. boor and bower. See {Bond}, adjective, and cf. {Busk}, v.] Ready or intending to go; on the way toward; going; -- with to or for, or with an adverb of motion; as, a ship is bound to Cadiz, or for Cadiz. "The mariner bound homeward." --Cowper.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Bound \Bound\, noun

1. A leap; an elastic spring; a jump.

A bound of graceful hardihood. --Wordsworth.

2. Rebound; as, the bound of a ball. --Johnson.

3. (Dancing) Spring from one foot to the other.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Bound \Bound\, imp. & p. p. of {Bind}.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Bound \Bound\, p. p. & a.

1. Restrained by a hand, rope, chain, fetters, or the like.

2. Inclosed in a binding or cover; as, a bound volume.

3. Under legal or moral restraint or obligation.

4. Constrained or compelled; destined; certain; -- followed by the infinitive; as, he is bound to succeed; he is bound to fail.

5. Resolved; as, I am bound to do it. [Collog. U. S.]

6. Constipated; costive.

Note: Used also in composition; as, icebound, windbound, hidebound, etc.

{Bound bailiff} (Eng. Law), a sheriff's officer who serves writs, makes arrests, etc. The sheriff being answerable for the bailiff's misdemeanors, the bailiff is usually under bond for the faithful discharge of his trust.

{Bound up in}, entirely devoted to; inseparable from.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Bound \Bound\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Bounded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Bounding}.]

1. To limit; to terminate; to fix the furthest point of extension of; -- said of natural or of moral objects; to lie along, or form, a boundary of; to inclose; to circumscribe; to restrain; to confine.

Where full measure only bounds excess. --Milton.

Phlegethon . . . Whose fiery flood the burning empire bounds. --Dryden.

2. To name the boundaries of; as, to bound France.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Bound \Bound\ (bound), noun [OE. bounde, bunne, OF. bonne, bonde, bodne, F. borne, fr. LL. bodina, bodena, bonna; prob. of Celtic origin; cf. Arm. bonn boundary, limit, and boden, bod, a tuft or cluster of trees, by which a boundary or limit could be marked. Cf. {Bourne}.] The external or limiting line, either real or imaginary, of any object or space; that which limits or restrains, or within which something is limited or restrained; limit; confine; extent; boundary.

He hath compassed the waters with bounds. --Job xxvi. 10.

On earth's remotest bounds. --Campbell.

And mete the bounds of hate and love. --Tennyson.

{To keep within bounds}, not to exceed or pass beyond assigned limits; to act with propriety or discretion.

Syn: See {Boundary}.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Bound \Bound\, verb (used without an object) [F. bondir to leap, OF. bondir, bundir, to leap, resound, fr. L. bombitare to buzz, hum, fr. bombus a humming, buzzing. See {Bomb}.]

1. To move with a sudden spring or leap, or with a succession of springs or leaps; as the beast bounded from his den; the herd bounded across the plain.

Before his lord the ready spaniel bounds. --Pope.

And the waves bound beneath me as a steed That knows his rider. --Byron.

2. To rebound, as an elastic ball.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Bound \Bound\, verb (used with an object)

1. To make to bound or leap; as, to bound a horse. [R.] --Shak.

2. To cause to rebound; to throw so that it will rebound; as, to bound a ball on the floor. [Collog.]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

bound

adjective

1: confined by bonds; "bound and gagged hostages" [ant: {unbound}]

2: held with another element, substance or material in chemical or physical union [ant: {free}]

3: secured with a cover or binding; often used as a combining form; "bound volumes"; "leather-bound volumes" [ant: {unbound}]

4: (usually followed by 'to') governed by fate; "bound to happen"; "an old house destined to be demolished"; "he is destined to be famous" [syn: {bound(p)}, {destined}]

5: covered or wrapped with a bandage; "the bandaged wound on the back of his head"; "an injury bound in fresh gauze" [syn: {bandaged}, {bound}]

6: headed or intending to head in a certain direction; often used as a combining form as in 'college-bound students'; "children bound for school"; "a flight destined for New York" [syn: {bound}, {destined}]

7: bound by an oath; "a bound official"

8: bound by contract [syn: {apprenticed}, {articled}, {bound}, {indentured}]

9: confined in the bowels; "he is bound in the belly"

noun

1: a line determining the limits of an area [syn: {boundary}, {edge}, {bound}]

2: the line or plane indicating the limit or extent of something [syn: {boundary}, {bound}, {bounds}]

3: the greatest possible degree of something; "what he did was beyond the bounds of acceptable behavior"; "to the limit of his ability" [syn: {limit}, {bound}, {boundary}]

4: a light, self-propelled movement upwards or forwards [syn: {leap}, {leaping}, {spring}, {saltation}, {bound}, {bounce}]

verb

1: move forward by leaps and bounds; "The horse bounded across the meadow"; "The child leapt across the puddle"; "Can you jump over the fence?" [syn: {jump}, {leap}, {bound}, {spring}]

2: form the boundary of; be contiguous to [syn: {bound}, {border}]

3: place limits on (extent or access); "restrict the use of this parking lot"; "limit the time you can spend with your friends" [syn: {restrict}, {restrain}, {trammel}, {limit}, {bound}, {confine}, {throttle}]

4: spring back; spring away from an impact; "The rubber ball bounced"; "These particles do not resile but they unite after they collide" [syn: {bounce}, {resile}, {take a hop}, {spring}, {bound}, {rebound}, {recoil}, {reverberate}, {ricochet}]

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