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as in: out of bounds; bounded on the east Define
a boundary or limit
  • These mysterious sentences, snatched from an unknown context,—like strange horns of beasts, and leaves of unknown plants, brought from some far-off region,—gave boundless scope to her imagination, and were all the more fascinating because they were in a peculiar tongue of their own, which she could learn to interpret.

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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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  • They was all bound alike,—it’s a good binding, you see,—and I thought they’d be all good books.
  • They was all bound alike,—it’s a good binding, you see,—and I thought they’d be all good books.

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  • You’ve been walking a good way, I’ll be bound, my dear.
  • What you call self-conquest—binding and deafening yourself to all but one train of impressions—is only the culture of monomania in a nature like yours.
  • I found a leg o’ pork i’ the river one day; it had tumbled out o’ one o’ them round-sterned Dutchmen, I’ll be bound.
  • If she says she is bound to give me up, I shall abide by her wishes to the slightest word.
  • "Yes, better quality nor any you’re like to carry; you’ve got nothing first-rate but brazenness, I’ll be bound," said Mrs. Glegg, with a triumphant sense of her insurmountable sagacity.
  • But now Tom’s strong will bound together his integrity, his pride, his family regrets, and his personal ambition, and made them one force, concentrating his efforts and surmounting discouragements.
  • Often, when I have been angry and discontented, it has seemed to me that I was not bound to give up anything; and I have gone on thinking till it has seemed to me that I could think away all my duty.
  • He listened to their admonitory talk, when they came to urge on him what he was bound to do for poor Bessy’s sake, with averted eyes, that every now and then flashed on them furtively when their backs were turned.

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  • If the past is not to bind us, where can duty lie?
  • Chapter VII A Day of Reckoning Mr. Tulliver was an essentially sober man,—able to take his glass and not averse to it, but never exceeding the bounds of moderation.
  • Now the best chance for you ’ud be to have a place on a wharf, or in a warehouse, where you’d learn the smell of things, but you wouldn’t like that, I’ll be bound; you’d have to stand cold and wet, and be shouldered about by rough fellows.
  • The particular embodiment of the evil principle now exciting Mr. Tulliver’s determined resistance was Mr. Pivart, who, having lands higher up the Ripple, was taking measures for their irrigation, which either were, or would be, or were bound to be (on the principle that water was water), an infringement on Mr. Tulliver’s legitimate share of water-power.
  • And am I bound to be pleased at that news?
  • But I am not bound to respect a libellous bust of him.
  • While my father was living, I felt bound to use the utmost power over you, to prevent you from disgracing him as well as yourself, and all of us.
  • If you are not absolutely pledged to Philip, we are neither of us bound.
  • You’ll get the Mill all for your own again some day, I’ll be bound.
  • "As Miss Deane didn’t know she was excluding others by inviting me," said Philip, "I am bound to resign."
  • My life is bound up in your love.
  • I am bound to aid and countenance you by the very duties of my office as a parish priest.
  • The day after Maggie’s last meeting with Philip, being a Sunday on which Mr. Pullet was bound to appear in funeral hatband and scarf at St. Ogg’s church, Mrs. Pullet made this the occasion of dining with sister Glegg, and taking tea with poor sister Tulliver.
  • The desire to know that one has not looked an absolute fright during a few hours of conversation may be construed as lying within the bounds of a laudable benevolent consideration for others.
  • And there were admiring eyes always awaiting her now; she was no longer an unheeded person, liable to be chid, from whom attention was continually claimed, and on whom no one felt bound to confer any.
  • It will carry us on to Torby, and we can land there, and get some carriage, and hurry on to York and then to Scotland,—and never pause a moment till we are bound to each other, so that only death can part us.
  • Insignificant I call it, because in height it was hardly more than a bank; but there may come moments when Nature makes a mere bank a means toward a fateful result; and that is why I ask you to imagine this high bank crowned with trees, making an uneven wall for some quarter of a mile along the left side of Dorlcote Mill and the pleasant fields behind it, bounded by the murmuring Ripple.
  • But I am bound to tell you, Miss Tulliver, that not only the experience of my whole life, but my observation within the last three days, makes me fear that there is hardly any evidence which will save you from the painful effect of false imputations.
  • But one day, when he had broken down, for the fifth time, in the supines of the third conjugation, and Mr. Stelling, convinced that this must be carelessness, since it transcended the bounds of possible stupidity, had lectured him very seriously, pointing out that if he failed to seize the present golden opportunity of learning supines, he would have to regret it when he became a man,—Tom, more miserable than usual, determined to try his sole resource; and that evening, after his usual…
  • The suffering, whether of martyr or victim, which belongs to every historical advance of mankind, is represented in this way in every town, and by hundreds of obscure hearths; and we need not shrink from this comparison of small things with great; for does not science tell us that its highest striving is after the ascertainment of a unity which shall bind the smallest things with the greatest?
  • When Philip entered the room, he was going merely to bow to Maggie, feeling that their acquaintance was a secret which he was bound not to betray; but when she advanced toward him and put out her hand, he guessed at once that Lucy had been taken into her confidence.
  • No, she must wait; she must pray; the light that had forsaken her would come again; she should feel again what she had felt when she had fled away, under an inspiration strong enough to conquer agony,—to conquer love; she should feel again what she had felt when Lucy stood by her, when Philip’s letter had stirred all the fibres that bound her to the calmer past.
  • But, Lord ha’ mercy! he’s got never a collar on; it’s been lost on the road, I’ll be bound, and spoilt the set."
  • I don’t require that to bind me."
  • He’d no right to lend his money i’ that way; and without security, I’ll be bound, if the truth was known."
  • This is a great stride for a young fellow of three-and-twenty, but I’m bound to say you’ve deserved it."
  • He’s put that young Jetsome in the place; and he had his reasons when he bought it, I’ll be bound."
  • It’s like as if it knowed you; it partly does, I’ll be bound,—like the birds know the mornin’."
  • For Tom’s part, he held himself bound by his duty to his father’s memory, and by every manly feeling, never to consent to any relation with the Wakems."
  • …gents wi’ their chins propped up wi’ a stiff stock, a-looking like bottles wi’ ornamental stoppers, an’ all got to get their dinner out of a bit o’ calico; it stan’s to reason you must pay three times the price you pay a packman, as is the nat’ral way o’ gettin’ goods,—an’ pays no rent, an’ isn’t forced to throttle himself till the lies are squeezed out on him, whether he will or no. But lors! mum, you know what it is better nor I do,—_you_ can see through them shopmen, I’ll be bound."

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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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