verb[no object, with adverbial of direction]
- 1Walk or run with leaping strides: Louis came bounding down the stairs • figurative shares bounded ahead in early dealingMore example sentences
- Sally bounded up to him when he walked into the building alone the next morning.
- We do not know who won the high jump or the triple jump except that a couple of Swedes have gone bounding down the track in delight.
- Valentine sensed the relaxed atmosphere and bounded up to Aimée, jumping up on her.
- 1.1(Of an object) rebound from a surface: bullets bounded off the verandaMore example sentences
- Painter Henri Matisse had rooms overlooking the market, and you could see where he got his inspiration as the sunlight bounded off ochre walls in these tall, narrow streets.
- The ball bounded off the wall and Jeter went into second standing up.
- I didn't glance up from my plate until a roll bounded off the side of my head.
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- A leaping movement towards or over something: I went up the steps in two effortless boundsMore example sentences
- Water was run across, buildings were leapt in a single bound, swords made appropriately dramatic sounds as they were sliced through the air.
- But only recently have videogames started making leaps and bounds towards a unified interactive product.
- In a single bound, he leaped over a Texas blocker to force a game-sealing interception earlier this year.
early 16th century (as a noun): from French bond (noun), bondir (verb) 'resound', later 'rebound', from late Latin bombitare, from Latin bombus 'humming'.
- 1A territorial limit; a boundary: the ancient bounds of the forestMore example sentences
- We elves patrol throughout the Black Wood, and well into the bounds of the ancient elf kingdom, including the Marshes where you are from.
- I do not need to take it any further than to merely say there is a broad power and it can operate beyond the bounds of the Territory.
- The bounds of the territorium, described topographically, match the present Llangors parish.
- 1.1A limitation or restriction on feeling or action: it is not beyond the bounds of possibility that the issue could arise again enthusiasm to join the union knew no boundsMore example sentences
- My only limits are the bounds of good taste, what I consider good taste.
- His ambition for approbation sets bounds and limits to his ambition, so to speak.
- By contrast, hoarding of a non-monetary commodity is kept within bounds by declining marginal utility.
- 1.2 • technical A limiting value: an upper bound on each modulusMore example sentences
- For example, the usual definition of least upper bound is impredicative, since it characterizes a number in terms of a collection of upper bounds, and the defined number is a member of that collection.
- Schofield and then McKelvey and Schofield obtained some bounds on k values.
- Researchers can therefore use calibrated and uncalibrated models to provide upper and lower bounds to capture true values.
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- 1Form the boundary of; enclose: the ground was bounded by a main road on one side and a meadow on the otherMore example sentences
- Oval in plan, the enclosure is bounded by a single stone wall 2.7 m. thick.
- It is 120 feet long and 45 feet wide, is enclosed by cut stone granite walls and bounded by mature trees.
- The site is bounded by fencing, hedges and trees, and fences divide most of the plots.
- 1.1Place within certain limits; restrict: freedom of action is bounded by lawMore example sentences
- The only legitimate and productive political action must be bounded by the limits of the status quo and the Democrats who protect it.
- In terms of the product continuum, they have enabled users to personalise their trainers, creating designs and patterns within a tightly bounded shoe design.
- Symphonic music was, and still is, bounded only by the limits of the imagination.
- Inside the part of a sports field or court in which play is conducted.More example sentences
- This way, when I pass the ball in bounds, the defense has to find their man and react to the situation.
- Replays showed Johnson landed two feet in bounds.
- Why shouldn't replay help decide whether he didn't land in bounds because of the tackle or because of his own momentum?
out of bounds
- 1Outside the part of a sports field or court in which play is conducted: he hit his third shot out of bounds at the 17thMore example sentences
- She then appeared to lose a step, dropping four straight games during a stretch when she double-faulted three times and saw her long ground strokes carry out of bounds on the clay court.
- Instead, the former quarterback sprinted all the way back across the field and out of bounds right at the first-down marker.
- He blocked a shot out of bounds and lobbied for possession.
- 2Outside the limits of where one is permitted to be: his kitchen was out of bounds to me at mealtimesMore example sentences
- The Bellary Road, which has been earmarked for the parking of VIP vehicles, has become a restricted area, out of bounds to other commuters.
- The main car park at the 900-acre Bishop Wood, near Selby, is now out of bounds to motorists.
- A quarter of the playground is still out of bounds to children until resurfacing work, at an estimated cost of £1, 000, is carried out.
- 2.1Beyond what is acceptable: Paul felt that this conversation was getting out of boundsMore example sentences
- For him, all personal experience is grist to the writer's mill; nothing is taboo or out of bounds.
- For the busy lady this posed something of a nightmare as sandwiches were forbidden and a nice plate of pasta with sauce was out of bounds.
- There's something fantastically liberating in the licence she gives you to laugh at subjects usually out of bounds.
Middle English (in the senses 'landmark' and 'borderland'): from Old French bodne, from medieval Latin bodina, earlier butina, of unknown ultimate origin.
- 1Going or ready to go towards a specified place: an express train bound for Edinburgh [in combination]: the three moon-bound astronautsMore example sentences
- That where he is bound come April 5, when he will attempt to better his brave fourth place in last year's National.
- Much to my delight, the traffic was heading in the other direction and I had the northern bound freeway to myself.
- But how many minutes will the bench - bound Italian with the stylised facial hair play against the Koreans?
- 1.1Destined or very likely to have a specified experience: they were bound for disasterMore example sentences
- While these students are likely not bound for careers in music, they are the future core of the volunteer choir, the town band and the community orchestra.
- Although we can see that it is bound for failure, it is fascinating to follow its journey.
- Any attempt at explaining higher meanings to be derived from Judo is bound for failure.
Middle English boun (in the sense 'ready, dressed'), from Old Norse búinn, past participle of búa 'get ready'; the final -d is euphonic, or influenced by bound4.
- 1.1Prevented from operating normally by the specified conditions: blizzard-bound BostonMore example sentences
- Traditionally, they are duty bound to defer to the wishes of their parents.
- Then you're duty bound to do the right thing so you just do what you're told and get on with it.
- The Department was duty bound to protect the interests of the members who had contributed to this amount.
- 4(Of a grammatical element) occurring only in combination with another form.More example sentences
- And that left a lot of people feeling anxiously that they were never allowed to use ‘they’ as a bound pronoun even when they needed to.
- Not only this, but word formation in English, generally, consists in the addition of a bound affix to the end of a stem, with the affix functioning as the head of the complex form.
- Pidginization can entail loss of all bound morphology, many free grammatical morphemes, and even a large part of the vocabulary.
- 4.1In Chomskyan linguistics, (of a reflexive, reciprocal, or other linguistic unit) dependent for its reference on another noun phrase in the same sentence.More example sentences
- Long-distance reflexivization refers to the phenomenon whereby a reflexive can be bound outside its local domain.
- All nouns are bound by referents, and it is healthier to one's linguistic development to keep things less solid and grounded.
- Thus, the pronouns in both conditional and relative clause donkey sentences cannot be understood as referring expressions nor as bound variables.
bound up in
bound up with (or in)
- Closely connected with or related to: democracy is bound up with a measure of economic and social equalityMore example sentences
- The outcome of an act of discipline is closely bound up with how a child experiences that relationship.
- Let me warn you to remember that the salvation of your soul, and nothing less, is closely bound up with the subject.
- It's too big a subject - too bound up with who I was, who I wanted to be and who I've become.
I'll be bound
- British Used to emphasize that one is sure of something: she’s hatching more little plots, I’ll be bound!More example sentences
- Too busy eating Turkey Twizzlers, I'll be bound.
- She wasn't picked for the band for her singing talents, I'll be bound.
- But in ‘Bridgwater Fair,’ Sharp has effectively collated and rewritten two texts and cut out such dubious but enjoyable lines as ‘You'll get so drunk now I'll be bound / You'll roll and tumble on the ground.’