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as in:  out of bounds; bounded on the east

The ball went out of bounds.
  a boundary or limit
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  • The ball went out of bounds.
  • She stepped out of bounds, so the other team got the ball.
  • Her behavior was out of bounds.
  • Our love knows no bounds.

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  • The ranch is bound to the east by a river.
  • The first scholar said it was between 100 and 200 C.E., but the second scholar suggested a lower bound.
  • The valley of ashes is bounded on one side by a small foul river, and, when the drawbridge is up to let barges through, the passengers on waiting trains can stare at the dismal scene for as long as half an hour.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • Pray do not take us as exceeding the bounds of business courtesy in pressing you in all ways to use the utmost expedition.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • But Proctor snatches it up, and now a wild terror is rising in him, and a boundless anger.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • Filch found them trying to force their way through a door that unluckily turned out to be the entrance to the out-of-bounds corridor on the third floor.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

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  • That tract is in my bounds, it’s in my bounds, Mr. Proctor.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • That tract is in my bounds, it’s in my bounds, Mr. Proctor.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • PROCTOR: In your bounds!
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • Is there not shade enough in all this boundless forest to hide thy heart from the gaze of Roger Chillingworth?
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Margaret, if you had seen the man who thus capitulated for his safety, your surprise would have been boundless.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • In the infinite meaning of his reply and his boundless confidence in his views, the Jack took one of his bloated shoes off, looked into it, knocked a few stones out of it on the kitchen floor, and put it on again.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • There could not exist in the world two men over whom Mr. Darcy could have such boundless influence.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • …those romps of Murray girls calling for her can Milly come out please shes in great demand to pick what they can out of her round in Nelson street riding Harry Devans bicycle at night its as well he sent her where she is she was just getting out of bounds wanting to go on the skatingrink and smoking their cigarettes through their nose I smelt it off her dress when I was biting off the thread of the button I sewed on to the bottom of her jacket she couldnt hide much from me I tell you…
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Fifty-two were to roll that afternoon on the life-tide of the city to the boundless everlasting sea.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • Oh, the rare old Whale, mid storm and gale In his ocean home will be A giant in might, where might is right, And King of the boundless sea.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • When once more alone, I reviewed the information I had got; looked into my heart, examined its thoughts and feelings, and endeavoured to bring back with a strict hand such as had been straying through imagination’s boundless and trackless waste, into the safe fold of common sense.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • And yet I wish but for the thing I have; My bounty is as boundless as the sea, My love as deep; the more I give to thee, The more I have, for both are infinite.
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • Boundless intemperance In nature is a tyranny; it hath been The untimely emptying of the happy throne, And fall of many kings.
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • A callat Of boundless tongue, who late hath beat her husband, And now baits me!
    William Shakespeare  --  The Winter’s Tale
  • Man’s life alone, swifter than time, speeds onward to its end without any hope of renewal, save it be in that other life which is endless and boundless.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • A woman’s gratitude under such circumstances would have been boundless—but it was practically an impossibility.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • He was ridiculous, and unpleasantly sarcastic, but yet he inspired involuntary respect by his boundless devotion to an idea.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Bear forth to them folded my love, (dear mariners, for you I fold it here in every leaf;) Speed on my book! spread your white sails my little bark athwart the imperious waves, Chant on, sail on, bear o’er the boundless blue from me to every sea, This song for mariners and all their ships.
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • The malice, impotent though it be, which possesses these demon souls is an evil of boundless extension, of limitless duration, a frightful state of wickedness which we can scarcely realize unless we bear in mind the enormity of sin and the hatred God bears to it.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • I was dazed at the prospect he held out to me, and my ambition and my desire for power were at that time boundless.
    Oscar Wilde  --  An Ideal Husband
  • I was in this state when I first shrunk from the light as it twinkled on me once more, and knew with a boundless joy for which no words are rapturous enough that I should see again.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • "Boundless love; I shouldn’t have supposed it in the universe!" murmured Joseph Poorgrass, who habitually spoke on a large scale in his moral reflections.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • …locomotives, her streets with cabs, her skies with balloons of a power and magnitude hitherto unknown in the history of aeronautics in this or any other nation—I say, whether I look merely at home, or, stretching my eyes farther, contemplate the boundless prospect of conquest and possession—achieved by British perseverance and British valour—which is outspread before me, I clasp my hands, and turning my eyes to the broad expanse above my head, exclaim, "Thank Heaven, I am a Briton!"
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • Sweet, with boundless contempt for my stupidity, would reply that it not only meant but obviously was the word Result, as no other Word containing that sound, and capable of making sense with the context, existed in any language spoken on earth.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • Tom’s astonishment was boundless!
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • Seventeen months captivity to a sailor accustomed to the boundless ocean, is a worse punishment than human crime ever merited.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • 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.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • Here—she meditated—is the newest empire of the world; the Northern Middlewest; a land of dairy herds and exquisite lakes, of new automobiles and tar-paper shanties and silos like red towers, of clumsy speech and a hope that is boundless.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • It was he who had to make himself learn to understand them, since he had so much to give, since they could never share his sense of joyous, boundless power.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Unmov’d he holds his eyes, By Jove’s command; nor suffer’d love to rise, Tho’ heaving in his heart; and thus at length replies: "Fair queen, you never can enough repeat Your boundless favors, or I own my debt; Nor can my mind forget Eliza’s name, While vital breath inspires this mortal frame.
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • ’tis at her beck the grass hath turned Each blade towards the light And solar systems have evolved From chaos and dark night, Filling the realms of boundless space Beyond the sage’s sight.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • Nig, equally friendly, though less demonstrative, was a huge black dog, half bloodhound and half deerhound, with eyes that laughed and a boundless good nature.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • Captain Black had boundless faith in the wisdom, power and justice of Major— de Coverley, even though he had never spoken to him before and still found himself without the courage to do so.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Lit by three overhead chandeliers, the boundless tile floor was dotted with clustered islands of worktables buried beneath books, artwork, artifacts, and a surprising amount of electronic gear—computers, projectors, microscopes, copy machines, and flatbed scanners.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • "The strength of a woman can be boundless," Stilgar said.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • But for all their apparent insouciance in the face of falling shells and shorter rations, for all their ignoring the Yankees, barely half a mile away, and for all their boundless confidence in the ragged line of gray men in the rifle pits, there pulsed, just below the skin of Atlanta, a wild uncertainty over what the next day would bring.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • You, Potter, and Weasley are out-of-bounds, in the company of a convicted murderer and a werewolf.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Harry planned his excursion carefully, because he had been caught out of bed and out-of-bounds by Filch the caretaker in the middle of the night once before, and had no desire to repeat the experience.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • First-years ought to know that the Forest in the grounds is out-of-bounds to students — and a few of our older students ought to know by now, too.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • On and on they walked, but the view did not vary: on one side of them, the rough cavern wall, on the other, the boundless expanse of smooth, glassy blackness, in the very middle of which was that mysterious greenish glow.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
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