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bound 1

intr.v. bound·ed, bound·ing, bounds
1. To leap forward or upward; jump; spring: The dog bounded over the gate.
2. To move forward by leaps or springs: The deer bounded into the woods.
3. To spring back from a surface; rebound: The basketball bounded off the backboard.
1. A leap; a jump: The deer was away in a single bound.
2. A springing back from a surface after hitting it; a bounce: caught the ball on the bound.

[French bondir, to bounce, from Old French, to resound, perhaps from Vulgar Latin *bombitīre, from Latin bombitāre, to hum, from bombus, a humming sound, from Greek bombos.]

bound 2

1. often bounds A boundary; a limit: Our joy knew no bounds. Your remarks exceed the bounds of reason.
2. bounds The territory on, within, or near limiting lines: the bounds of the kingdom.
v. bound·ed, bound·ing, bounds
1. To set a limit to; confine: a high wall that bounded the prison yard; lives that were bounded by poverty.
2. To constitute the boundary or limit of: a city park that was bounded by busy streets.
3. To identify the boundaries of; demarcate.
To border on another place, state, or country.
in/within bounds Sports
Within the boundary of a playing field or court and therefore in play or legal.
out of bounds
1. Sports Outside the boundary of a playing field or court and therefore not in play or legal.
2. Outside the boundary of where one is allowed to be; in a forbidden or unauthorized place: The research lab is out of bounds for first-year students.
3. In violation of acceptable rules or standards, as of decency: felt the guest's behavior was out of bounds.

[Middle English, from Old French bodne, bonde and Anglo-Norman bunde, both from Medieval Latin bodina, of Celtic origin.]

bound 3

Past tense and past participle of bind.
1. Confined by bonds; tied: bound hostages.
2. Being under legal or moral obligation: bound by my promise.
3. Equipped with a cover or binding: bound volumes.
4. Predetermined; certain: We're bound to be late.
5. Determined; resolved: Many public policy students are bound to be politicians one day.
6. Linguistics Being a form, especially a morpheme, that cannot stand as an independent word, such as a prefix or suffix.
7. Constipated.

bound 4

Headed or intending to head in a specified direction: commuters bound for home; a south-bound train.

[Alteration of Middle English boun, ready, from Old Norse būinn, past participle of būa, to get ready; see bheuə- in Indo-European roots.]


pl n
1. (sometimes singular) a limit; boundary (esp in the phrase know no bounds)
2. something that restrains or confines, esp the standards of a society: within the bounds of modesty.
3. beat the bounds See beat26
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bounds - the line or plane indicating the limit or extent of somethingbounds - the line or plane indicating the limit or extent of something
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 from the sun and the radiation 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
county line - the boundary between two counties
city line - the boundary of a city
edge, border - the boundary of a surface
end - a boundary marking the extremities of something; "the end of town"
extremity - the outermost or farthest region or point
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; "they skimmed over the surface of the water"; "a brush small enough to clean every dental surface"; "the sun has no distinct surface"
shoreline - a boundary line between land and water


plural noun
1. limits, restrictions, confines, limitations the bounds of good taste
2. boundary, line, limit, edge, border, march, margin, pale, confine, frontier, fringe, verge, rim, perimeter, periphery The bounds of the empire continued to expand.
out of bounds forbidden, barred, banned, not allowed, vetoed, prohibited, taboo, closed off, off-limits (chiefly U.S. military), proscribed, verboten (German) Tibet was now virtually out of bounds to foreign journalists.


[baʊndz] npllimiti mpl
out of bounds → vietato or proibito l'accesso
within the bounds of modesty → nei limiti della decenza
his ambition knows no bounds → la sua ambizione è senza limiti or non conosce limiti
References in classic literature ?
That's the fun of it," began Laurie, who had got a willful fit on him and was possessed to break out of bounds in some way.
She felt that she could keep the younger man within bounds.
Harling, our nearest neighbour, kept an eye on me, and if my behaviour went beyond certain bounds I was not permitted to come into her yard or to play with her jolly children.
In this, perhaps, he does no more than any other energetic and imaginative race would do, being compelled to set bounds to fancy by experience; but the North American Indian clothes his ideas in a dress which is different from that of the African, and is oriental in itself.
It would be bold, therefore, and possibly unjust, to venture a decisive opinion as to its merits; although it appears to have been at least a matter of doubt, whether Colonel Pyncheon's claim were not unduly stretched, in order to make it cover the small metes and bounds of Matthew Maule.
This elusive quality it is, which causes the thought of whiteness, when divorced from more kindly associations, and coupled with any object terrible in itself, to heighten that terror to the furthest bounds.
Also he had always the progress to encourage him; here in Chicago, for instance, the movement was growing by leaps and bounds.
For a year or two Eliza saw her husband frequently, and there was nothing to interrupt their happiness, except the loss of two infant children, to whom she was passionately attached, and whom she mourned with a grief so intense as to call for gentle remonstrance from her mistress, who sought, with maternal anxiety, to direct her naturally passionate feelings within the bounds of reason and religion.
I looked again, and saw him standing in the middle of a boggy Stygian fen, surrounded by devils, and he had found his bounds without a doubt, three little stones, where a stake had been driven, and looking nearer, I saw that the Prince of Darkness was his surveyor.
As it was, I fell nearly two hundred feet in seven or eight bounds.
On a certain warm day in summer Rebecca's thirst exceeded the bounds of propriety.
You had, somehow or other, broken bounds yesterday, and run away from your own management; but today you are got back againand as I cannot be always with you, it is best to believe your temper under your own command rather than mine.