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as in: out of bounds; bounded on the east Define
a boundary or limit
  • A woman’s gratitude under such circumstances would have been boundless—but it was practically an impossibility.
  • He remembered how he had stretched out his arms towards the beautiful, boundless blue of the horizon, and wept, and wept.

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  • I ought to tell you that I never in my life met a man anything like him for noble simplicity of mind and for boundless trustfulness.
  • But if those good souls, in the boundless kindness of their hearts, were desirous of saving the eccentric young fellow from ruin, they were unable to take any stronger measures to attain that end.

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  • The ball went out of bounds.
  • She stepped out of bounds, so the other team got the ball.

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  • You’ll bind me to you, with your lash, for ever.
  • She was much more likely to overstep the bounds of reasonable conduct by some extraordinary eccentricity.

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  • Gania having once descended to abuse, and receiving no check, very soon knew no bounds or limit to his licence, as is often the way in such cases.
  • I think you might fairly remember that I was not in any way bound, I had no reason to be silent about that portrait.
  • But she recognized his love, on the understanding that she bound herself to nothing whatever, and that she reserved the right to say "no" up to the very hour of the marriage ceremony.
  • Evgenie Pavlovitch almost bounded off his chair in excitement.
  • At this moment Vera came up to Lizabetha Prokofievna, carrying several large and beautifully bound books, apparently quite new.
  • But even supposing that your mother is a fool, you are none the less, bound to treat her with humanity.
  • I will never accept one single copeck from you, but you have helped my mother, and I am bound to be grateful to you for that, however weak it may seem.
  • He had chosen his ideal, and he was bound to serve her, and break lances for her, and acknowledge her as the ideal of pure Beauty, whatever she might say or do afterwards.

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  • But, good heavens! if you declare that the prince’s generosity will, excite no gratitude in you, he might answer that he is not, bound to be grateful to Pavlicheff, who also was only satisfying his own conscience.
  • Why does he then exceed all bounds at once?
  • But we are also aware that if actual law is not on our side, human law is for us, natural law, the law of common-sense and conscience, which is no less binding upon every noble and honest man—that is, every man of sane judgment—because it is not to be found in miserable legal codes.
  • As to Hippolyte, I think his pistol was bound not to go off; it was more consistent with the whole affair.
  • When, therefore, she was bound to talk, especially at such delicate moments as this, she invariably did so with an air of haughty defiance.
  • You are bound, it is your DUTY to ’raise’ her; you must go off somewhere again to soothe and pacify her.
  • He grew very pale on hearing the news; but a moment later he nodded his head, and said thoughtfully: "I knew it was bound to be so."
  • When the tubs containing these plants arrived at the villa and were set in their places, Lebedeff kept running into the street to enjoy the view of the house, and every time he did so the rent to be demanded from the future tenant went up with a bound.
  • You see, prince, I’ll tell you privately, Evgenie and ourselves have not said a word yet, we have no formal understanding, we are in no way bound on either side, but the word may be said very soon, don’t you see, VERY soon, and all this is most injurious, and is meant to be so.
  • The general considered that the girls’ taste and good sense should be allowed to develop and mature deliberately, and that the parents’ duty should merely be to keep watch, in order that no strange or undesirable choice be made; but that the selection once effected, both father and mother were bound from that moment to enter heart and soul into the cause, and to see that the matter progressed without hindrance until the altar should be happily reached.
  • Nor does every husband feel bound to repeat at every step, "Tu l’as voulu, Georges Dandin!" like another typical personage; and yet how many millions and billions of Georges Dandins there are in real life who feel inclined to utter this soul-drawn cry after their honeymoon, if not the day after the wedding!
  • "What simplifies the duty before me considerably, in my opinion," he began, "is that I am bound to recall and relate the very worst action of my life.
  • "From the very beginning," he said, "you began with a lie; what began with a lie was bound to end with a lie; such is the law of nature.

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as in: south-bound lanes Define
travelling in a particular direction or to a specific location
as in: She's bound to succeed. Define
almost certain to; or determined to
as in: bound together Define
held together (connected or united) or wrapped (see word notes for a more detailed definition based upon context)
as in: I can't/must. I'm bound by... Define
tied up, prevented, or required
as in: the binding is loose Define
something that holds things together, or wraps or covers or ties something
as in: It put me in a bind. Define
a difficult situation
as in: out of bounds; bounded on the east Define
a boundary or limit
as in: The deer bound across the trail. Define
to leap or jump
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