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1  —as in:
south-bound lanes
Definition traveling in a particular direction or to a specific location
  • There was an accident in the south-bound lanes.
bound = travelling (in that direction)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The car broke down in an east-bound lane of the highway 10.
  • bound = travelling (in that direction)
  • The bus was bound for Las Vegas when the accident occurred.
  • bound = heading (travelling) to a specific location
  • The meeting is to inform college-bound students about financial aid.
  • bound = headed (going toward that place—in this case, college)
  • The earth-bound asteroid is thought to have a 1 in 300 chance of hitting our planet in the year 2880.
  • bound = travelling to that location (in this case, earth)
  • The movie is called Homeward Bound.
  • bound = travelling to that location (in this case, home)
  • I am bound and determined to get into a good college.
  • bound = headed (going toward that place—in this case, preparing and planning to go to college)
  • A rumour is going round that there may be peace, but the other story is more likely—that we are bound for Russia.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • bound = to travel to a specific location
  • A heavy black volume, amateurishly bound, with no name or title on the cover.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • bound = covered and physically held together
  • "Wher' you bound for, young man?"
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
bound = heading (travelling to a specific location)

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2  —as in:
She's bound to succeed.
Definition almost certain to; or determined to
  • She's bound to get into a good college.
bound = almost certain to
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • This joke is bound to make them laugh.
  • bound = almost certain to
  • Her rudeness is bound to get her in trouble.
  • bound = almost certain
  • If you ingest too much swainsonine, you are bound to starve, no matter how much food you put into your stomach.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • bound = certain
  • I thought any prank was bound to fall flat here.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • bound = almost certain
  • If he was bound to have it so, I couldn't help it.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • bound = determined
  • If one's different, one's bound to be lonely.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • bound = almost certain
  • Any kind of organized revolt against the Party, which was bound to be a failure, struck her as stupid.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • bound = certain
  • If he can't get food he's bound to look for it, and mayhap he may chance to light on a butcher's shop in time.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • bound = almost certain
  • Cheer up, keep your spirits high, things are bound to get better!
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
bound = almost certain

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3  —as in:
bound together
Definition held together (connected or united) or wrapped
The exact meaning of this sense of bound is subject to its context. For example:
  • "The pages of the book are bound with glue." — held together physically
  • "The book is bound in leather." — wrapped or covered
  • "The United States and England are bound together by a common language." — connected or united (tied together metaphorically)
  • "She cleaned the wound and bound it with fresh bandages." — wrapped
  • "She is wheelchair-bound." — connected (moves with a wheelchair because she is unable to walk)
  • "The jacket has bound buttonholes." — edges wrapped by fabric or trim rather than stitches
  • "She's the one in the bound-edge hat." — where the edge of the hat is wrapped in a decorative material.
  • The pieces of bread are moistened and bound together with eggs and a small amount of flour.
bound = held together
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The glue binds the two layers together.
  • binds = holds together
  • Economic policy is bound to political choices.
  • bound = connected
  • Her hair was bound into tight braids.
  • bound = held together
  • Her hair was bound back in a single knot.
  • bound = wrapped or held together
  • The bail of straw is bound with two wires.
  • bound = held together
  • The wall was built with primitive straw-bound bricks.
  • bound = held together (the straw helps hold the bricks together)
  • The kira is the national dress for women in Bhutan. It is an ankle-length dress consisting of a rectangular piece of fabric wrapped about the body, pinned at the shoulders, and bounded at the waist with a long belt.
  • bounded = wrapped or held together
  • She took a chair by me, washed the blood from my face, and, with a mother's tenderness, bound up my head, covering the wounded eye with a lean piece of fresh beef.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • bound = wrapped
  • I stand in awe of my body, this matter to which I am bound has become so strange to me.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
bound = connected

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4  —as in:
I can't/must. I'm bound by...
Definition to be constrained in some way — such as tied up, prevented, required, or obligated
The exact meaning of this sense of bound is subject to its context. For example:
  • "Her wrists were bound." — tied up
  • "I am bound by my word." — required or obligated (in this case to keep a promise)
  • "It is a binding contract." — must be obeyed (The people who signed the contract are legally required to do what it says or suffer legal penalties.)
  • "He is muscle bound." — prevented from moving easily (due to having such large, tight muscles)
  • The suspect sat in the cell with her wrists bound by rope.
bound = tied together
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The prisoner was gagged and bound.
  • bound = tied up
  • It is a binding contract.
  • binding = must be obeyed (The people who signed the contract are legally required to do what it says or suffer legal penalties.)
  • A lawyer is bound by fiduciary duty to act in her client's interest.
  • bound = required
  • The new president said she is not bound by her predecessor's policy.
  • bound = obligated (required to do follow)
  • We are bound by treaty to come to their defense if they are invaded.
  • bound = required
  • He is muscle bound.
  • bound = prevented from moving easily (due to having such large, tight muscles)
  • Shipping in that area is ice-bound this time of year.
  • bound = prevented (because there is so much ice)
  • She is duty bound to try to help us.
  • bound = required (by a job or other responsibility)
  • Unlike pledged delegates, bound delegates are legally required to vote for the candidate they were elected to represent.
bound = obligated (required to act in a certain way)

5  —as in:
the binding is loose
Definition something that holds things together, or wraps or covers or ties something
  • The library buys books with a durable binding or rebinds them to make them stronger.
binding = things that hold the pages together (in this case, careful assembly with glue and perhaps strings)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The book's binding is coming loose.
  • binding = the thing that holds the pages of a book together
  • My snowboard bindings came loose.
  • bindings = mechanical devices that hold a snowboard to boots
  • My ski bindings are too tight.
  • bindings = mechanical devices that hold skis to boots
  • She cut the bindings loose and looked at the wound.
  • bindings = bandages (that wrapped the wound)
  • She put a decorative binding around the hat.
  • binding = material that wraps the edge of the hat
  • He guided his arm to the Bible and his rubber-like left hand sought contact with the black binding.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • binding = the part of a book that holds the pages together
  • The binding had been eaten by mice; some of its pages were loose and crumpled.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • binding = what holds book pages together
  • Phineas lay among pillows and sheets, his left leg, enormous in its white bindings, suspended a little above the bed.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • bindings = bandages
  • ...the incredible books that looked so silly and really not worth bothering with, for these were nothing but black type and yellowed paper, and ravelled binding.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
binding = what holds book pages together

6  —as in:
It put me in a bind.
Definition a difficult situation
  • When she started to gossip, it put her friend in a bind.
bind = difficult situation
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • We owe so much money it has put us in a financial bind.
  • bind = difficult situation
  • The Chinese move puts the U.S. administration in a bind.
  • bind = difficult situation
  • It had to be a trick or you couldn't have done it. It's the bind we were in. We had to have a commander with.... But somebody with that much compassion could never be the killer we needed.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender's Game
bind = difficult situation

7  —as in:
out of bounds; bounded on the east
Definition a boundary or limit
  • The ball went out of bounds.
bounds = the boundaries of an area where a game is played
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • She stepped out of bounds, so the other team got the ball.
  • bounds = the boundaries of an area where a game is played
  • Her behavior was out of bounds.
  • bounds = beyond the limits of what is acceptable
  • Our love knows no bounds.
  • bounds = boundaries (saying it is limitless)
  • The ranch is bound to the east by a river.
  • bound = has a boundary
  • The first scholar said it was between 100 and 200 C.E., but the second scholar suggested a lower bound.
  • bound = limit (in this case, a time before 100 A.D.)
  • But Proctor snatches it up, and now a wild terror is rising in him, and a boundless anger.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • boundless = limitless
    (Editor's note:  The suffix "-less" in boundless means without. This is the same pattern you see in words like fearless, homeless, and endless.)
  • 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
  • bounds = limits
  • 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
  • out-of-bounds = beyond the permitted boundary or limit
  • The beach was hours away by bicycle, forbidden, completely out of all bounds.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
bounds = boundaries or limits

8  —as in:
The deer bound across the trail.
Definition to leap or jump
  • She's the sort of person who bounds out of bed in the morning and runs five miles before starting her day.
bounds = jumps
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The deer bounded across the trail and into the woods.
  • bounded = leaped (jumped)
  • The dog jumped the fence in a single bound.
  • bound = leap
  • The company is growing by leaps and bounds.
  • bounds = jumps

    (This expression means that the company is growing very rapidly.)
  • When her plane landed, Louie bounded up the steps to embrace her, then squired her home to meet his family.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken - adapted for young adults
  • bounded = leaped
  • I am almost in, there is a rising screech, I bound, I run like a deer...
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • bound = leap
  • Suddenly with a single bound he leaped into the room.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • bound = jump (or long, fast step)
  • "Make yerselves at home," said Hagrid, letting go of Fang, who bounded straight at Ron and started licking his ears.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
  • bounded = leaped
  • We bounded down the sidewalk on a spree of sheer relief, leaping and howling.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • bounded = moved quickly (with leaping strides)
  • I clipped along, and all of a sudden I bounded right on to the ashes of a camp fire that was still smoking.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
bounded = jumped or leaped

Less commonly:
For more specialized senses of bound and bind, see a comprehensive dictionary. For example, the word can refer to constipation and has specialized meanings in law, chemistry, logic, and linguistics.
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