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Dictionary Definition

bind n : something that hinders as if with bonds


1 stick to firmly; "Will this wallpaper adhere to the wall?" [syn: adhere, hold fast, bond, stick, stick to]
2 create social or emotional ties; "The grandparents want to bond with the child" [syn: tie, attach, bond]
3 make fast; tie or secure, with or as if with a rope; "The Chinese would bind the feet of their women" [ant: unbind]
4 wrap around with something so as to cover or enclose [syn: bandage]
5 secure with or as if with ropes; "tie down the prisoners"; "tie up the old newspapes and bring them to the recycling shed" [syn: tie down, tie up, truss]
6 bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted; "He's held by a contract"; "I'll hold you by your promise" [syn: oblige, hold, obligate]
7 form a chemical bond with; "The hydrogen binds the oxygen"
8 provide with a binding; "bind the books in leather"
9 fasten or secure with a rope, string, or cord; "They tied their victim to the chair" [syn: tie] [ant: untie]
10 cause to be constipated; "These foods tend to constipate you" [syn: constipate] [also: bound]bound adj
1 held with another element, substance or material in chemical or physical union [ant: free]
2 confined by bonds; "bound and gagged hostages" [ant: unbound]
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]
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: destined]
7 bound by an oath; "a bound official"
8 bound by contract [syn: apprenticed, articled, indentured]
9 confined in the bowels; "he is bound in the belly" [syn: bound(p)]


1 a line determining the limits of an area [syn: boundary, edge]
2 the line or plane indicating the limit or extent of something [syn: boundary, bounds]
3 a light springing movement upwards or forwards [syn: leap, leaping, spring, saltation, bounce]


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, spring]
2 form the boundary of; be contiguous to [syn: 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, 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, rebound, recoil, reverberate, ricochet]bound See bind

User Contributed Dictionary

See also -bound



  • /"baUnd/
  • /ˈbaʊnd/
  • Rhymes: -aʊnd

Etymology 1


  1. past of bind
    I bound the splint to my leg.
    I had bound the splint with duct tape.

Etymology 2


  1. (often used in plural) The border of a territory, which one must cross in order to enter or leave the territory.
    I reached the northern bound of my property, took a deep breath, and walked on.
    Somewhere within these bounds you may find a buried treasure.
  2. a value which is known to be greater or smaller than a given set of values
border of territory
  • Finnish: raja
  • German: Abgrenzung
  • Polish: granica
  • Swedish: gräns
value greater (or smaller) than a given set
  • Finnish: raja-arvo
  • German: Schranke
  • Swedish: gräns
Derived terms


  1. To surround a territory.
    Nebraska, Missouri, Oklahoma and Colorado bound Kansas.
  • Usage notes: Tends to be used in passive voice, as Kansas is bounded by Nebraska on the north, Missouri on the east ....

Derived terms


Etymology 3


  1. A sizeable jump.
    The deer crossed the stream in a single bound.
sizeable jump
  • Basque: jauzi, salto
  • Finnish: hyppy, loikka
  • German: Sprung
  • Swedish: hopp , skutt


  1. To move by jumping.
    The rabbit bounded down the lane.
Derived terms

Etymology 4

Alteration of boun, with -d partly for euphonic effect and partly by association with Etymology 1, above.


  1. Ready, prepared.
  2. Ready to start or go (to); moving in the direction (of).
    Is that message bound for me?
    Which way are you bound?
    The leaking fuel tank was bound to explode sooner or later.
  3. Constrained by something, or constrained to something
    He was bound to his chair.
    Because of his oath, he was bound to follow the king's command.
Ready, prepared
Ready to start or go (to); moving in the direction (of)
Constrained by something, or constrained to something
  • Danish: begrænset
  • Finnish: sidottu

Related terms

Extensive Definition

Bound may refer to:
  • Upper and lower bounds, observed limits of mathematical functions
  • Terms or bounds, segments of each astrological sign that are said to have different ruling planets
  • Bound state, a composite of two or more building blocks which behave as a single object
  • In law, parties can be bound to an enforceable contract
  • Bound, a descriptor of a book that has gone through the bookbinding process
  • Edward McKendree Bounds, a Methodist minister and author of books chiefly on prayer
  • Bound up as in bound and gagged
  • "Bound for (a place)" can mean "going to (that place)".
In entertainment: Bounds may refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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