All 5 Uses of
The Great Gatsby
- We walked through a high hallway into a bright rosy-colored space, fragilely bound into the house by French windows at either end.
p. 8..0 (definition 1) *bound = connected or united
- 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.
p. 24..2 (definition 2) *bounded = limited (stops at)
- Again at eight o'clock, when the dark lanes of the Forties were five deep with throbbing taxi-cabs, bound for the theatre district, I felt a sinking in my heart.
p. 57..1 (definition 3) *bound = traveling (to a specific location)
- Just as the latter was getting uneasy, some workmen came past the door bound for his restaurant, and Michaelis took the opportunity to get away, intending to come back later.
p. 136..9 (definition 3)
- Jimmy was bound to get ahead.
p. 173..8 (definition 4) *bound = almost certain
(1) (bound as in: bound together or bound by law) constrained and/or held together or wrappedThe sense of constrained, can mean tied up or obligated depending upon the context. For example:
The exact meaning of the senses of held together or wrapped also depend upon 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)
- "He is muscle bound." -- prevented from moving easily (due to having such large, tight muscles)
- "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, figuratively)
- "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
(2) (bound as in: out of bounds) a boundary or limit
(3) (bound as in: south-bound lanes) traveling in a particular direction or to a specific location
(4) (bound as in: bound to succeed.) almost certain to; or determined to