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bound1 / bound/ • v. [intr.] walk or run with leaping strides: Louis came bounding down the stairs. • n. a leaping movement upward: I went up the steps in two effortless bounds. bound2 • n. (often bounds) a territorial limit; a boundary: the ancient bounds of the forest. ∎  a limitation or restriction on feeling or action: it is not beyond the bounds of possibility that the issue could arise again. ∎  technical a limiting value. • v. [tr.] (usu. be bounded) form the boundary of; enclose: the ground was bounded by a main road on one side and a meadow on the other. ∎  place within certain limits; restrict: freedom of action is bounded by law. PHRASES: out of bounds (of a place) outside the limits of where one is permitted to be: his kitchen was out of bounds to me at mealtimes. ∎  Sports outside the regular playing area. ∎ fig. beyond what is acceptable: Paul felt that this conversation was getting out of bounds. bound3 • adj. heading toward somewhere: trains bound for Chicago. ∎ fig. destined or likely to have a specified experience: they were bound for disaster. bound4 • past and past participle of bind. • adj. 1. [in comb.] restricted or confined to a specified place: his job kept him city-bound. ∎  prevented from operating normally by the specified conditions: blizzard-bound Boston. 2. certain to do or have something: there is bound to be a change of plan. ∎  obliged by law, circumstances, or duty to do something: I'm bound to do what I can to help Sam. 3. [in comb.] (of a book) having a specified binding: fine leather-bound books. 4. constipated. PHRASES: bound up with (or in) closely connected with or related to: democracy is bound up with a measure of economic and social equality.

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bound1 †landmark XIII; boundary; pl. territory; limit of action XIV. — AN. bounde, OF. bun(n)e, bunde, bonde, earlier bodne :- medL. bodina, earlier butina, of unkn. orig. Cf. BOURN1.
Hence bound vb. †limit XIV; form the boundary of XVII. boundless XVI.

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bound2 †ready XIII; prepared to go, destined XIV. ME. būn, boun — ON. búinn, pp. of búa prepare (Cf. BOWER1); the final d of bound (XVI) may be purely phonetic, as in SOUND3, but is prob. in part due to assoc. with BOUND3.

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bound4 †rebound; spring upwards. XVI. — (O)F. bondir resound, (later) rebound :- Rom. *bombitīre, for late L. bombitāre, var. of bombilāre.
So bound sb. XVI. — F. bond.

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bound3 obliged, fated, destined. XIV. Shortened form of BOUNDEN.

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