simple past tense and past participle of bind.
tied; in bonds:
a bound prisoner.
made fast as if by a band or bond:
She is bound to her family.
secured within a cover, as a book.
under a legal or moral obligation:
He is bound by the terms of the contract.
destined; sure; certain:
It is bound to happen.
determined or resolved:
He is bound to go.
Mathematics. (of a vector) having a specified initial point as well as magnitude and direction.
Compare free (def 32).
held with another element, substance, or material in chemical or physical union.
(of a linguistic form) occurring only in combination with other forms, as most affixes.
Compare free (def 35).
bound up in / with,
inseparably connected with.
devoted or attached to:
She is bound up in her teaching.
the past tense and past participle of bind
in bonds or chains; tied with or as if with a rope: a bound prisoner
(in combination) restricted; confined: housebound, fogbound
(postpositive, foll by an infinitive) destined; sure; certain: it’s bound to happen
(postpositive) , often foll by by. compelled or obliged to act, behave, or think in a particular way, as by duty, circumstance, or convention
(of a book) secured within a cover or binding: to deliver bound books See also half-bound
(US) (postpositive) , foll by on. resolved; determined: bound on winning
denoting a morpheme, such as the prefix non-, that occurs only as part of another word and not as a separate word in itself Compare free (sense 21)
(in systemic grammar) denoting a clause that has a nonfinite predicator or that is introduced by a binder, and that occurs only together with a freestanding clause Compare freestanding
(logic) (of a variable) occurring within the scope of a quantifier that indicates the degree of generality of the open sentence in which the variable occurs: in (x) (Fx → bxy), x is bound and y is free See free (sense 22)
bound up with, closely or inextricably linked with: his irritability is bound up with his work
I’ll be bound, I am sure (something) is true
to move forwards or make (one’s way) by leaps or jumps
to bounce; spring away from an impact
a jump upwards or forwards
by leaps and bounds, with unexpectedly rapid progess: her condition improved by leaps and bounds
a sudden pronounced sense of excitement: his heart gave a sudden bound when he saw her
a bounce, as of a ball
(transitive) to place restrictions on; limit
when intr, foll by on. to form a boundary of (an area of land or sea, political or administrative region, etc)
a number which is greater than all the members of a set of numbers (an upper bound), or less than all its members (a lower bound) See also bounded (sense 1)
more generally, an element of an ordered set that has the same ordering relation to all the members of a given subset
whence, an estimate of the extent of some set
(postpositive) , often foll by for. going or intending to go towards; on the way to: a ship bound for Jamaica, homeward bound
(in combination): northbound traffic
Also, bound up with. Deeply or inextricably involved in. For example, Obviously the candidate was bound up with the negotiations on the party platform, or She is bound up in her church activities. This usage appears in the Bible (Genesis 44:30): “His life is bound up in the lad’s life.” [ Late 1500s ]
bound and determined to
bound hand and foot
bound to, be
bound up in
(in the functional calculus) a variable occurring in a quantifier and in a sentential function within the scope of the quantifier.
Usually, bounds. limit or boundary: the bounds of space and time; within the bounds of his estate; within the bounds of reason. something that limits, confines, or restrains. bounds. territories on or near a boundary. land within boundary lines. Mathematics. a number greater than or equal to, or less than or equal to, all the […]
something that indicates bounds or limits; a limiting or bounding line. Also called frontier. Mathematics. the collection of all points of a given set having the property that every neighborhood of each point contains points in the set and in the complement of the set. Cricket. a hit in which the ball reaches or crosses […]
noun (in Britain) a body established by statute to undertake periodic reviews of the boundaries of parliamentary constituencies and to recommend changes to take account of population shifts Historical Examples The Colonies 1492-1750 Reuben Gold Thwaites Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2 Various The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White Encyclopaedia Britannica, […]