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English adjective: bound

1. bound confined by bonds


SamplesBound and gagged hostages.


Similarchained, enchained, fettered, furled, pinioned, rolled, shackled, tethered, tied, trussed, wired


See alsounfree


Antonymsunbound

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


Similarconjugate, conjugate, conjugated, conjugated


Domain categorychemical science, chemistry, natural philosophy, physics


Antonymsfree

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


SamplesBound volumes.
Leather-bound volumes.


Similarbrassbound, cased, half-bound, paperback, paperbacked, well-bound


Antonymsunbound

4. bound (usually followed by `to') governed by fate


SamplesBound to happen.
An old house destined to be demolished.
He is destined to be famous.


Synonymsdestined


Similarcertain, sure


Antonymsuncertain

5. bound covered or wrapped with a bandage


SamplesThe bandaged wound on the back of his head.
An injury bound in fresh gauze.


Synonymsbandaged


Similartreated


Antonymsuntreated

6. bound headed or intending to head in a certain direction; often used as a combining form as in `college-bound students'


SamplesChildren bound for school.
A flight destined for New York.


Synonymsdestined


Similarorientated, oriented


Antonymsunoriented

7. bound bound by an oath


SamplesA bound official.


Similarsworn


Antonymsunsworn

8. bound bound by contract


Synonymsapprenticed, articled, indentured


Similarunfree


Antonymsfree

9. bound confined in the bowels


SamplesHe is bound in the belly.


Similarconstipated


Antonymsunconstipated, regular


English noun: bound

1. bound (shape) a line determining the limits of an area


Synonymsboundary, edge


Broader (hypernym)line


Narrower (hyponym)border, brink, fringe, lower bound, margin, outer boundary, perimeter, periphery, rim, thalweg, threshold, upper bound, verge

2. bound (location) the line or plane indicating the limit or extent of something


Synonymsboundary, bounds


Broader (hypernym)extremity


Narrower (hyponym)border, border, borderline, boundary line, bourn, bourne, city line, county line, delimitation, demarcation, demarcation line, district line, edge, end, frontier, hairline, heliopause, limit, lineation, mete, outline, shoreline, surface


Instance hyponymMoho, Mohorovicic discontinuity, Rubicon

3. bound (attribute) the greatest possible degree of something


SamplesWhat he did was beyond the bounds of acceptable behavior.
To the limit of his ability.


Synonymsboundary, limit


Broader (hypernym)extent


Narrower (hyponym)absoluteness, brink, heat barrier, knife-edge, level best, maximum, starkness, thermal barrier, utmost, uttermost, utterness, verge

4. bound (act) a light, self-propelled movement upwards or forwards


Synonymsbounce, leap, leaping, saltation, spring


Broader (hypernym)jump, jumping


Narrower (hyponym)caper, capriole, pounce


English verb: bound

1. bound (motion) move forward by leaps and bounds


SamplesThe horse bounded across the meadow.
The child leapt across the puddle.
Can you jump over the fence?.


Synonymsjump, leap, spring


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)move


Narrower (hyponym)bounce, bounce, bound, burst, caper, capriole, curvet, galumph, hop, hop, hop-skip, leapfrog, overleap, pronk, rebound, recoil, resile, reverberate, ricochet, saltate, ski jump, skip, spring, take a hop, vault, vault

2. bound (stative) form the boundary of; be contiguous to


Synonymsborder


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Broader (hypernym)confine, enclose, hold in


Narrower (hyponym)shore, skirt, verge

3. bound (change) place limits on (extent or access)


SamplesRestrict the use of this parking lot.
Limit the time you can spend with your friends.


Synonymsconfine, limit, restrain, restrict, throttle, trammel


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody PP.
Somebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)check, contain, control, curb, hold, hold in, moderate


Narrower (hyponym)baffle, clamp down, constrain, constrain, crack down, cramp, cumber, draw a line, draw the line, encumber, gate, halter, hamper, harness, inhibit, mark off, mark out, reduce, regulate, rein, restrain, rule, stiffen, strangle, tie, tighten, tighten, tighten up

4. bound (motion) spring back; spring away from an impact


SamplesThe rubber ball bounced.
These particles do not resile but they unite after they collide.


Synonymsbounce, rebound, recoil, resile, reverberate, ricochet, spring, take a hop


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP


Broader (hypernym)bound, jump, leap, spring


Narrower (hyponym)bound off, carom, kick, kick back, recoil, skip









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