bound (v.2)

"to leap, spring upward, jump," 1590s, from French bondir "to rebound, resound, echo," from Old French bondir "to leap, jump, rebound;" originally "make a noise, sound (a horn), beat (a drum)," 13c., ultimately "to echo back," from Vulgar Latin *bombitire "to buzz, hum" (see bomb (n.)), perhaps on model of Old French tentir, from Vulgar Latin *tinnitire.

bound (adj.1)

"fastened," mid-14c. in figurative sense of "compelled," earlier in fuller form bounden (c. 1300), past-participle adjective from bind (v.). Meaning "under obligation" is from late 15c.; the literal sense "made fast by tying (with fetters, chains, etc.)" is by 1550s. In philology, designating a grammatical element which occurs only in combination with others (opposed to free), from 1926. Smyth has man-bound (1867), of a ship, "detained in port for want of a proper complement of men."

bound (adj.2)

c. 1200, boun, "ready to go;" hence "going or intending to go" (c. 1400), from Old Norse buinn past participle of bua "to prepare," also "to dwell, to live," from Proto-Germanic *bowan (source also of Old High German buan "to dwell," Old Danish both "dwelling, stall"), from PIE root *bheue- "to be, exist, grow." Final -d is presumably through association with bound (adj.1).

bound (n.1)

c. 1300, "boundary marker," from Anglo-Latin bunda, from Old French bonde "limit, boundary, boundary stone" (12c., Modern French borne), variant of bodne, from Medieval Latin bodina, which is perhaps from Gaulish.

From mid-14c. as "an external limit, that which limits or circumscribes;" figuratively, of feelings, etc., from late 14c. From late 14c. as "limits of an estate or territory." Now chiefly in out of bounds, which originally referred to limits imposed on students at schools; the other senses generally have gone with boundary.

bound (v.1)

late 14c., "to form the boundary of," also "to set the boundaries of, confine within limits;" late 15c., "to be a boundary of, abut, adjoin," from bound (n.1). Related: Bounded; bounding.

bound (n.2)

"a leap onward or upward, a springing," 1550s, from bound (v.2).

updated on December 07, 2020

Definitions of bound from WordNet
bound (adj.)
(usually followed by `to') governed by fate;
bound to happen
Synonyms: destined
bound (adj.)
confined in the bowels;
he is bound in the belly
bound (adj.)
confined by bonds;
bound and gagged hostages
bound (adj.)
held with another element, substance or material in chemical or physical union;
bound (adj.)
secured with a cover or binding; often used as a combining form;
leather-bound volumes
bound volumes
bound (adj.)
covered or wrapped with a bandage;
an injury bound in fresh gauze
Synonyms: bandaged
bound (adj.)
headed or intending to head in a certain direction; often used as a combining form as in `college-bound students';
children bound for school
Synonyms: destined
bound (adj.)
bound by an oath;
a bound official
bound (adj.)
bound by contract;
Synonyms: apprenticed / articled / indentured
bound (v.)
move forward by leaps and bounds;
The horse bounded across the meadow
Synonyms: jump / leap / spring
bound (v.)
form the boundary of; be contiguous to;
Synonyms: border
bound (v.)
place limits on (extent or amount or access);
bound (v.)
spring back; spring away from an impact;
Synonyms: bounce / resile / take a hop / spring / rebound / recoil / reverberate / ricochet
bound (n.)
a light, self-propelled movement upwards or forwards;
Synonyms: leap / leaping / spring / saltation / bounce
bound (n.)
a line determining the limits of an area;
Synonyms: boundary / edge
bound (n.)
the line or plane indicating the limit or extent of something;
Synonyms: boundary / bounds
bound (n.)
the greatest possible degree of something;
what he did was beyond the bounds of acceptable behavior
Synonyms: limit / boundary
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