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bound
used in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

5 meanings, 12 uses
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1  —3 uses as in:
south-bound lanes
Definition
traveling in a particular direction or to a specific location
  • "Wher' you bound for, young man?"
    Chapter 24 (32% in)
bound = a specific location to which someone is traveling

(editor's note:  In addition to referring to a specific location to which one is traveling, bound can also be used to refer to traveling in a specific direction. For example, in this book Twain also describes steamboats as traveling "up-bound" to say they are traveling up the river.)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • We laid there all day, and watched the rafts and steamboats spin down the Missouri shore, and up-bound steamboats fight the big river in the middle.
    Chapter 12 (9% in)
  • We fixed up a short forked stick to hang the old lantern on, because we must always light the lantern whenever we see a steamboat coming down-stream, to keep from getting run over; but we wouldn't have to light it for up-stream boats unless we see we was in what they call a "crossing"; for the river was pretty high yet, very low banks being still a little under water; so up-bound boats didn't always run the channel, but hunted easy water.
    Chapter 12 (22% in)

There are no more uses of "bound" flagged with this meaning in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

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2  —5 uses as in:
She's bound to succeed.
Definition
almost certain to; or determined to
  • If he was bound to have it so, I couldn't help it.
    Chapter 34 (39% in)
bound = determined
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • It would only look like we was finding fault, and that would be bound to fetch more bad luck—and keep on fetching it, too, till we knowed enough to keep still.
    Chapter 16 (79% in)
  • If you don't hitch on to one tooth, you're bound to on another, ain't you?
    Chapter 28 (76% in)
  • So when he sees me getting the canoe ready, he says: "Well, then, if you re bound to go, I'll tell you the way to do when you get to the village."
    Chapter Xl (94% in)
  • "Don t you what ME, you impudent thing—hand out them letters."
    "What letters?"
    "THEM letters. I be bound, if I have to take a-holt of you I'll—"
    Chapter Xlii (96% in)

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3  —1 use as in:
bound together
Definition
held together (connected or united) or wrapped

(see word notes for a more detailed definition based upon context)
  • Then I told her my father and mother was dead, and the law had bound me out to a mean old farmer in the country thirty mile back from the river, and he treated me so bad I couldn't stand it no longer;
    Chapter 11 (66% in)
bound = tied together (in this case, made him like the child of the farmer)
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4  —2 uses as in:
I can't/must. I'm bound by...
Definition
tied up, prevented, or required
  • Say, I reckon your father's poor, and I'm bound to say he's in pretty hard luck.
    Chapter 16 (52% in)
bound = required (feel this must be said even if it makes others uncomfortable)
  • It was the most astonishing speech I ever heard—and I'm bound to say Tom Sawyer fell considerable in my estimation.
    Chapter 33 (19% in)

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5  —1 use as in:
The deer bound across the trail.
Definition
to leap or jump
  • I clipped along, and all of a sudden I bounded right on to the ashes of a camp fire that was still smoking.
    Chapter 8 (30% in)
bounded = jumped or leaped
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