I. adjective Etymology: Middle English boun, from Old Norse būinn, past participle of būa to dwell, prepare; akin to Old High German būan to dwell — more at bower Date: 13th century 1. archaic ready 2. intending to go ; going <
bound for home
II. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French bounde, bodne, from Medieval Latin bodina Date: 13th century 1. a. a limiting line ; boundary — usually used in plural b. something that limits or restrains <
beyond the bounds of decency
2. usually plural a. borderland b. the land within certain bounds 3. a number greater than or equal to every number in a set (as the range of a function); also a number less than or equal to every number in a set III. past and past participle of bind IV. transitive verb Date: 14th century 1. to set limits or bounds to ; confine 2. to form the boundary of ; enclose 3. to name the boundaries of V. adjective Etymology: Middle English bounden, from past participle of binden to bind Date: 14th century 1. placed under legal or moral restraint or obligation ; obliged <
2. a. fastened by or as if by a band ; confined <
b. very likely ; sure <
bound to rain soon
3. made costive ; constipated 4. of a book secured to the covers by cords, tapes, or glue 5. determined, resolved 6. held in chemical or physical combination 7. always occurring in combination with another linguistic form <
un- in unknown and -er in speaker are bound forms
— compare free 11d VI. noun Etymology: Middle French bond, from bondir to leap, from Vulgar Latin *bombitire to hum, from Latin bombus deep hollow sound — more at bomb Date: circa 1553 1. leap, jump 2. the action of rebounding ; bounce VII. intransitive verb Date: 1592 1. to move by leaping 2. rebound, bounce

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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