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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
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as in: out of bounds; bounded on the east Define
a boundary or limit
  • Tom’s astonishment was boundless!
  • The child’s delight was boundless; and Tom’s not more moderate.

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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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  • In a safe place Tom examined two large needles which were thrust into the lapels of his jacket, and had thread bound about them—one needle carried white thread and the other black.
  • The barrow was got ready and the corpse placed on it, covered with a blanket, and bound to its place with the rope.

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  • They buried the shingle close to the wall, with some dismal ceremonies and incantations, and the fetters that bound their tongues were considered to be locked and the key thrown away.
  • Ten blue tickets equalled a red one, and could be exchanged for it; ten red tickets equalled a yellow one; for ten yellow tickets the superintendent gave a very plainly bound Bible (worth forty cents in those easy times) to the pupil.
  • Tom flung off his jacket and trousers, turned a suspender into a belt, raked away some brush behind the rotten log, disclosing a rude bow and arrow, a lath sword and a tin trumpet, and in a moment had seized these things and bounded away, barelegged, with fluttering shirt.
  • Then one more frock passed in at the gate, and Tom’s heart gave a great bound.
  • It was not very large; it was iron bound and had been very strong before the slow years had injured it.
  • I tried to keep it back, but no use —’twas bound to come, and it did come!
  • He had to eat with a knife and fork; he had to use napkin, cup, and plate; he had to learn his book, he had to go to church; he had to talk so properly that speech was become insipid in his mouth; whithersoever he turned, the bars and shackles of civilization shut him in and bound him hand and foot.
  • And then she diluted the compliment by adding, "But it’s powerful seldom you’re a mind to, I’m bound to say.

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  • A body’s bound to get into trouble with ’em, sure."
  • Mr. Jones was bound Huck should be here—couldn’t get along with his grand secret without Huck, you know!"

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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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