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bound
used in The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

4 meanings, 10 uses
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1  —1 use as in:
south-bound lanes
Definition
traveling in a particular direction or to a specific location
  • He would sometimes mount his horse, as if bound to St. Michael's, a distance of seven miles, and in half an hour afterwards you would see him coiled up in the corner of the wood-fence, watching every motion of the slaves.
    Chapter 10 (8% in)
bound = traveling (to a specific location)
There are no more uses of "bound" flagged with this meaning in The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass.

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2  —3 uses 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.
  • 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.
    Chapter 10 (94% in)
bound = wrapped
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The ties that ordinarily bind children to their homes were all suspended in my case.
    Chapter 5 (38% in)
  • It is my opinion that thousands would escape from slavery, who now remain, but for the strong cords of affection that bind them to their friends.
    Chapter 11 (39% in)

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3  —5 uses 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)
  • They'll loudly talk of Christ's reward,
    And bind his image with a cord,
    Appendix (80% in)
bind = tie up

(editor's note:  This is part of a famous poem by Douglas that pokes fun at people who claim to lead a Christian life and yet enslave others. "His image", refers to "any person" since Christians believe that people are made in God's image and so look like God.)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • We were often in the field from the first approach of day till its last lingering ray had left us; and at saving-fodder time, midnight often caught us in the field binding blades.
    Chapter 10 (6% in)
  • I am not the only slave in the world. Why should I fret? I can bear as much as any of them. Besides, I am but a boy, and all boys are bound to some one.
    Chapter 10 (18% in)
  • He wished to know how I dared go out of the city without asking his permission. I told him I hired my time and while I paid him the price which he asked for it, I did not know that I was bound to ask him when and where I should go.
    Chapter 11 (30% in)
  • ...said, as it was of the ancient scribes and Pharisees, "They bind heavy burdens, and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders, but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers."
    Appendix (41% in)

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4  —1 use as in:
out of bounds; bounded on the east
Definition
a boundary or limit
  • Mr. Covey enjoyed the most unbounded reputation for being a first-rate overseer and negro-breaker.
    Chapter 10 (38% in)

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