What does bound mean?

Definitions for bound

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word bound.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. boundary, edge, boundnoun

    a line determining the limits of an area

  2. boundary, bound, boundsnoun

    the line or plane indicating the limit or extent of something

  3. limit, bound, boundarynoun

    the greatest possible degree of something

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

  4. leap, leaping, spring, saltation, bound, bounceadjective

    a light, self-propelled movement upwards or forwards

  5. boundadjective

    confined by bonds

    "bound and gagged hostages"

  6. boundadjective

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

  7. boundadjective

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

    "bound volumes"; "leather-bound volumes"

  8. bound(p), destinedadjective

    (usually followed by `to') governed by fate

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

  9. bandaged, boundadjective

    covered or wrapped with a bandage

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

  10. bound, destinedadjective

    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"

  11. boundadjective

    bound by an oath

    "a bound official"

  12. apprenticed, articled, bound, indenturedadjective

    bound by contract

  13. bound(p)verb

    confined in the bowels

    "he is bound in the belly"

  14. jump, leap, bound, springverb

    move forward by leaps and bounds

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

  15. bound, borderverb

    form the boundary of; be contiguous to

  16. restrict, restrain, trammel, limit, bound, confine, throttleverb

    place limits on (extent or access)

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

  17. bounce, resile, take a hop, spring, bound, rebound, recoil, reverberate, ricochetverb

    spring back; spring away from an impact

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Boundadjective

    Destined; intending to come to any place.

    Etymology: a word of doubtful etymology.

    His be that care, whom most it doth concern,
    Said he; but whither with such hasty flight
    Art thou now bound? for well might I discern
    Great cause, that carries thee so swift and light. Fairy Q. b. ii.

    To be bound for a port one desires extremely, and sail to it, with a fair gale, is very pleasant. William Temple.

    Willing we sought your shores, and hither bound,
    The port so long desir’d, at length we found. Dryden.

  2. BOUNDnoun

    Etymology: from bind.

    Illimitable ocean! without bound;
    Without dimension; where length, breadth, and height,
    And time, and place, are lost. Paradise Lost, b. ii. l. 892.

    Those vast Scythian regions were separated by the common natural bounds, of rivers, lakes, mountains, woods, or marshes. William Temple.

    Indus and Ganges, our wide empire’s bounds,
    Swell their dy’d currents with their natives wounds. Dryden.

    Through all th’ infernal bounds,
    Which flaming Phlegethon surrounds,
    Sad Orpheus sought his consort lost. Alexander Pope, St. Cæcilia.

    Hath he set bounds between their love and me?
    I am their mother, who shall bar me from them. Rich III.

    Stronger and fiercer by restraint he roars,
    And knows no bound, but makes his pow’r his shores. John Denham.

    Any bounds made with body, even adamantine walls, are far from putting a stop to the mind, in its farther progress in space. John Locke.

    Do but note a wild and wanton held,
    Or race of youthful and unhandled colts,
    Fetching mad bounds, bellowing, and neighing loud. William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice.

    The horses started with a sudden bound,
    And flung the reins and chariot to the ground. Joseph Addison, Ovid.

    Dext’rous he ’scapes the coach with nimble bounds,
    Whilst ev’ry honest tongue stop thief resounds. John Gay.

    These inward disgusts are but the first bound of this ball of contention. Decay of Piety.

  3. Boundparticiple passive of bind.

    Nay, said Pamela, none shall take that office from myself, being so much bound as I am for my education. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    This is Antonio,
    To whom I am so infinitely bound. ——
    —— You should in all sense be much bound to him;
    For, as I hear, he was much bound for you. Merch. of Ven.

    The gentleman is learn’d, a most rare speaker,
    To nature none more bound. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    The bishops of Hungary, being wonderfully rich, were bound to keep great numbers of horsemen, which they used to bring into the field. Richard Knolles, History of the Turks.

    They summoned the governour to deliver it to them, or else they would not leave one stone upon another. To which the governour made no other reply, than that he was not bound to repair it; but, however, he would, by God’s help, keep the ground afterwards. Edward Hyde, b. viii.

  4. To Boundverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    A lofty tow’r, and strong on every side,
    With treble walls, which Phlegethon surrounds,
    Whose firy flood the burning empire bounds. John Dryden, Æn.

    Take but degree away, untune that string,
    The bounded waters
    Would lift their bosoms, higher than the shores,
    And make a sop of all this solid globe. William Shakespeare, Tr. and Cr.

  5. To Boundverb

    To make to bound.

    If I might buffet for any love, or bound my horse for her favours, I would lay on like a butcher, and sit like jackanapes, never off. William Shakespeare, Henry V.

    If love, ambitious, sought a match of birth,
    Whose veins bound richer blood than lady Blanch. Rich. III.

  6. To BOUNDverb

    Etymology: bondir, Fr.

    My mother’s blood
    Runs on the dexter cheek, and this sinister
    Bounds in my sire’s. William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida.

    Torrismond appear’d,
    Gave me his hand, and led me lightly o’er,
    Leaping and bounding on the billows heads. Dryden.

    Before his lord the ready spaniel bounds,
    Panting with hope, he tries the furrow’d grounds. Alexander Pope.

    When sudden through the woods a bounding stag
    Rush’d headlong down, and plung’d amidst the river. Nicholas Rowe.

    Warbling to the vary’d strain, advance
    Two sprightly youths, to form the bounding dance. Alexander Pope.

    Mark then a bounding valour in our English,
    That being dead, like to the bullets grazing,
    Breaks out into a second course of mischief. William Shakespeare, H. V.


  1. bound

    In general, the term "bound" can refer to limits, restrictions, or constraints that define the extent or scope of something. It can also describe being constrained or tied by obligations or commitments. Additionally, "bound" can refer to the act of bounding or leaping, or being determined or resolved in a certain direction or outcome. The specific meaning of "bound" may vary depending on the context in which it is used.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bound

    of Bind

  2. Bound

    of Bind

  3. Boundnoun

    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

  4. Boundverb

    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

  5. Boundverb

    to name the boundaries of; as, to bound France

  6. Boundverb

    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

  7. Boundverb

    to rebound, as an elastic ball

  8. Boundverb

    to make to bound or leap; as, to bound a horse

  9. Boundverb

    to cause to rebound; to throw so that it will rebound; as, to bound a ball on the floor

  10. Boundnoun

    a leap; an elastic spring; a jump

  11. Boundnoun

    rebound; as, the bound of a ball

  12. Boundnoun

    spring from one foot to the other

  13. Bound

    imp. & p. p. of Bind

  14. Bound

    restrained by a hand, rope, chain, fetters, or the like

  15. Bound

    inclosed in a binding or cover; as, a bound volume

  16. Bound

    under legal or moral restraint or obligation

  17. Bound

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

  18. Bound

    resolved; as, I am bound to do it

  19. Bound

    constipated; costive

  20. Bound

    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


  1. Bound

    Bound is a 1996 American neo-noir crime thriller film written and directed by The Wachowski Brothers. Violet, who longs to escape her relationship with her mafioso boyfriend Caesar, enters into a clandestine affair with alluring ex-con Corky, and the two women hatch a scheme to steal $2 million of mafia money. Bound was the first film directed by the Wachowskis, and they took inspiration from Billy Wilder to tell a noir story filled with sex and violence. Financed by Dino De Laurentiis, the film was made on a tight budget with the help of frugal crew members including cinematographer Bill Pope. The directors initially struggled to cast the lesbian characters of Violet and Corky before securing Tilly and Gershon. To choreograph the sex scenes, the directors employed 'sex educator' Susie Bright, who has a bit part in the film. Bound received positive reviews from film critics who praised the humor and style of the directors as well as the realistic portrayal of a lesbian relationship in a mainstream film. Detractors of the film criticized the excessive violence and superficiality of the plot. The film won several festival awards.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bound

    bownd, pa.t. and pa.p. of Bind, confined, bandaged: intimately connected with—'bound up in:' of books, having a cover of, as 'bound in morocco,' &c. (with in): under obligation or necessity to, as 'bound to win.'—n. Bound′-bail′iff, a sheriff's officer, so called from his bond given to the sheriff for the discharge of his duty.

  2. Bound

    bownd, n. a limit or boundary: the limit of anything, as patience—'to break bounds,' to go beyond what is reasonable or allowable: (pl.) a border-land, land generally within certain understood limits, the district.—v.t. to set bounds to: to limit, restrain, or surround.—n. Bound′ary, a visible limit: border: termination.—p.adj. Bound′ed, restricted, cramped.—n. Bound′er, a boisterous or overbearing person.—adj. Bound′less, having no limit: vast.—n. Bound′lessness. [O. Fr. bonne—Low L. bodina, of doubtful origin; cf. Bret. bonn, a boundary.]

  3. Bound

    bownd, v.i. to spring or leap.—n. a spring or leap.—p.adj. Bound′ing, moving forward with a bound: leaping.—By leaps and bounds, by startlingly rapid stages. [Fr. bondir, to spring, in O. Fr. to resound—L. bombitāre. See Boom, the sound.]

  4. Bound

    bownd, adj. ready to go—as in 'outward bound,' &c. [Ice. búinn, pa.p of búa, to prepare.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. bound

    1. In land warfare, a single movement, usually from cover to cover, made by troops often under enemy fire. 2. (DOD only) Distance covered in one movement by a unit that is advancing by bounds.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. bound

    Destined for a particular service. Intended voyage to a place.--Ice-bound. Totally surrounded with ice.--Tide-bound, or be-neaped. (See NEAPED.)--Wind-bound. Prevented from sailing by contrary wind.--Where are you bound to?--i.e. To what place are you going?--Bound on a cruise. A corruption of the old word bowne, which is still in use on the northern coasts, and means to make ready, to prepare.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. BOUND

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Bound is ranked #51941 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Bound surname appeared 400 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Bound.

    90.5% or 362 total occurrences were White.
    5% or 20 total occurrences were Black.
    4% or 16 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'bound' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2246

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'bound' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2205

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'bound' in Verbs Frequency: #654

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bound in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bound in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of bound in a Sentence

  1. Matthew Charles:

    It was the crack cocaine that continued to hold me bound.

  2. Jordan Spieth:

    It was 75 percent you have to do The American world number two yourself ; and then 25 percent relying on my team, family, friends, and then mentors, messages I get from mentors, pretty much saying,' Hey, you've been in contention six out of the last eight majors, won a couple of them. Something like that, the wrong miss at the wrong time, is bound to happen at some point.' .

  3. Anne Glenconner:

    They were both pretty strong-willed and accustomed to having their own way, so there were bound to be collisions.

  4. Neil Cybart:

    Apple AirPods are literally hanging out of people's ears ; Apple AirPods're nearly impossible to miss when worn, since the lack of wires make AirPods useful for outdoors activities, including walking and running, they are bound to be seen in people's ears while out and about.

  5. Wan Zulkiflee:

    We think (oil) price will be range bound for many, many quarters, so we are bracing ourselves for this kind of price levels.

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  • مقيدArabic
  • граница, скок, предел, ограничавам, скачам, обвързан, задължен, готов, готов да, свързан, решен, на път заBulgarian
  • límitCatalan, Valencian
  • begrænsetDanish
  • umgrenzen, Abgrenzung, Sprung, Grenze, bereit, Schranke, begrenzenGerman
  • άλμαGreek
  • límite, limitarSpanish
  • tõkestamaEstonian
  • jauzi, saltoBasque
  • کرانPersian
  • sidottu, raja-arvo, loikka, reunustaa, hyppiä, hypähdellä, raja, hyppyFinnish
  • borne, saut, limite, tenu, obligé, frontière, bond, délimiter, bondir, entourer, sauterFrench
  • leumScottish Gaelic
  • सीमाHindi
  • սահմանArmenian
  • costretto, diretto, confinato, portato, incamminato, tenuto, indirizzato, obbligato, destinato, frontiera, salto, confinare, balzare, accerchiare, confine, balzo, limite, delimitareItalian
  • כבולHebrew
  • 界, 行き, 向かうJapanese
  • limiet, begrenzen, springen, gehouden, bereid, geacht, bestemd, grens, omringen, sprongDutch
  • bundetNorwegian
  • granicaPolish
  • obligatRomanian
  • обязанный, должный, направляться, лимит, предел, скачок, скакать, непременный, связанный, готовый, граница, прыжок, рубеж, ограничивать, прыгатьRussian
  • gränsa till, skutta, gräns, hopp, skuttSwedish
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