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bound

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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)
  • The blue Mediterranean appeared, and by a strange chance, I saw the fiend enter by night and hide himself in a vessel bound for the Black Sea.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • bound = traveling (to a specific location)
  • 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

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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
  • It wasn't Johnny's fault Bob was a booze-hound and Cherry went for boys who were bound for trouble.
    S.E. Hinton  --  The Outsiders
  • bound = almost certain
  • One of them's bound to get hurt,
    Angie Thomas  --  The Hate U Give
  • bound = certain
  • 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

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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
  • In my account, history did not set Mormons apart from the rest of the human family; it bound them to it.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
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)

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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
  • It's part of the matched luggage set from my trousseau — clear yellow calfskin once, dingy now, the steel bindings marred and grimy.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Blind Assassin
  • bindings = things that hold other things together
  • He turned it over so I could read the binding. South Carolina Legal Reports 1889.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • binding = the cover that wraps a book and holds its 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

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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
  • She sought to bind me, but she has bound herself.
    Madeline Miller  --  Circe
  • bind = put into a 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

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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.)
  • Investigators, gathering affidavits on war criminals, sat by as men told of abuses and atrocities that pushed the bounds of believability.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • bounds = limits or boundaries
  • 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
  • boundless = without boundaries (seemingly 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.)
  •   ... 'Romeo is banished.'
      There is no end, no limit, measure, bound,
      In that word's death. No words can that woe sound.
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
bound = limit

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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)
  • Once the planes had passed, the Bird would bound in, ordering the Americans outside.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • bound = move quickly
  • She whirled back to see Nat bounding over the rail.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • bounding = leaping
  • "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

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Less commonly:
7/20:  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. It's like I'd like them to be different words for bind/bound or put those 2 together. But will take a lot of time to analyze and possibly change this.
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