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Bind v. t. [imp. Bound p. p. Bound, formerly Bounden p. pr. & vb. n. Binding.]
1. To tie, or confine with a cord, band, ligature, chain, etc.; to fetter; to make fast; as, to bind grain in bundles; to bind a prisoner.
2. To confine, restrain, or hold by physical force or influence of any kind; as, attraction binds the planets to the sun; frost binds the earth, or the streams.
He bindeth the floods from overflowing. --Job xxviii. 11.
Whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years. --Luke xiii. 16.
3. To cover, as with a bandage; to bandage or dress; -- sometimes with up; as, to bind up a wound.
4. To make fast ( a thing) about or upon something, as by tying; to encircle with something; as, to bind a belt about one; to bind a compress upon a part.
5. To prevent or restrain from customary or natural action; as, certain drugs bind the bowels.
6. To protect or strengthen by a band or binding, as the edge of a carpet or garment.
7. To sew or fasten together, and inclose in a cover; as, to bind a book.
8. Fig.: To oblige, restrain, or hold, by authority, law, duty, promise, vow, affection, or other moral tie; as, to bind the conscience; to bind by kindness; bound by affection; commerce binds nations to each other.
Who made our laws to bind us, not himself. --Milton.
9. Law (a) To bring (any one) under definite legal obligations; esp. under the obligation of a bond or covenant. --Abbott. (b) To place under legal obligation to serve; to indenture; as, to bind an apprentice; -- sometimes with out; as, bound out to service.
To bind over, to put under bonds to do something, as to appear at court, to keep the peace, etc.
To bind to, to contract; as, to bind one's self to a wife.
To bind up in, to cause to be wholly engrossed with; to absorb in.
Syn: -- To fetter; tie; fasten; restrain; restrict; oblige.
Bound n. The external or limiting line, either real or imaginary, of any object or space; that which limits or restrains, or within which something is limited or restrained; limit; confine; extent; boundary.
He hath compassed the waters with bounds. --Job xxvi. 10.
On earth's remotest bounds. --Campbell.
And mete the bounds of hate and love. --Tennyson.
To keep within bounds, not to exceed or pass beyond assigned limits; to act with propriety or discretion.
Syn: -- See Boundary.
Bound, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bounded; p. pr. & vb. n. Bounding.]
1. To limit; to terminate; to fix the furthest point of extension of; -- said of natural or of moral objects; to lie along, or form, a boundary of; to inclose; to circumscribe; to restrain; to confine.
Where full measure only bounds excess. --Milton.
Phlegethon . . .
Whose fiery flood the burning empire bounds. --Dryden.
2. To name the boundaries of; as, to bound France.
Bound, v. i.
1. To move with a sudden spring or leap, or with a succession of springs or leaps; as the beast bounded from his den; the herd bounded across the plain.
Before his lord the ready spaniel bounds. --Pope.
And the waves bound beneath me as a steed
That knows his rider. --Byron.
2. To rebound, as an elastic ball.
Bound, v. t.
1. To make to bound or leap; as, to bound a horse. [R.]
2. To cause to rebound; to throw so that it will rebound; as, to bound a ball on the floor. [Collog.]
1. A leap; an elastic spring; a jump.
A bound of graceful hardihood. --Wordsworth.
2. Rebound; as, the bound of a ball.
3. Dancing Spring from one foot to the other.
Bound, imp. & p. p. of Bind.
Bound, p. p. & a.
1. Restrained by a hand, rope, chain, fetters, or the like.
2. Inclosed in a binding or cover; as, a bound volume.
3. Under legal or moral restraint or obligation.
4. Constrained or compelled; destined; certain; -- followed by the infinitive; as, he is bound to succeed; he is bound to fail.
5. Resolved; as, I am bound to do it. [Collog. U. S.]
6. Constipated; costive.
Note: ☞ Used also in composition; as, icebound, windbound, hidebound, etc.
Bound bailiff Eng. Law, a sheriff's officer who serves writs, makes arrests, etc. The sheriff being answerable for the bailiff's misdemeanors, the bailiff is usually under bond for the faithful discharge of his trust.
Bound up in, entirely devoted to; inseparable from.
Bound, a. Ready or intending to go; on the way toward; going; -- with to or for, or with an adverb of motion; as, a ship is bound to Cadiz, or for Cadiz. “The mariner bound homeward.”
n : something that hinders as if with bonds
v 1: stick to firmly; "Will this wallpaper adhere to the wall?"
[syn: adhere, hold fast, bond, stick, stick to]
2: create social or emotional ties; "The grandparents want to
bond with the child" [syn: tie, attach, bond]
3: make fast; tie or secure, with or as if with a rope; "The
Chinese would bind the feet of their women" [ant: unbind]
4: wrap around with something so as to cover or enclose [syn: bandage]
5: secure with or as if with ropes; "tie down the prisoners";
"tie up the old newspapes and bring them to the recycling
shed" [syn: tie down, tie up, truss]
6: bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted; "He's held by a
contract"; "I'll hold you by your promise" [syn: oblige,
7: form a chemical bond with; "The hydrogen binds the oxygen"
8: provide with a binding; "bind the books in leather"
9: fasten or secure with a rope, string, or cord; "They tied
their victim to the chair" [syn: tie] [ant: untie]
10: cause to be constipated; "These foods tend to constipate
you" [syn: constipate]
adj 1: held with another element, substance or material in chemical
or physical union [ant: free]
2: confined by bonds; "bound and gagged hostages" [ant: unbound]
3: secured with a cover or binding; often used as a combining
form; "bound volumes"; "leather-bound volumes" [ant: unbound]
4: (usually followed by `to') governed by fate; "bound to
happen"; "an old house destined to be demolished"; "he is
destined to be famous" [syn: bound(p), destined]
5: covered or wrapped with a bandage; "the bandaged wound on
the back of his head"; "an injury bound in fresh gauze"
6: headed or intending to head in a certain direction; often
used as a combining form as in `college-bound students';
"children bound for school"; "a flight destined for New
York" [syn: destined]
7: bound by an oath; "a bound official"
8: bound by contract [syn: apprenticed, articled, indentured]
9: confined in the bowels; "he is bound in the belly" [syn: bound(p)]
n 1: a line determining the limits of an area [syn: boundary, edge]
2: the line or plane indicating the limit or extent of
something [syn: boundary, bounds]
3: a light springing movement upwards or forwards [syn: leap,
leaping, spring, saltation, bounce]
v 1: move forward by leaps and bounds; "The horse bounded across
the meadow"; "The child leapt across the puddle"; "Can
you jump over the fence?" [syn: jump, leap, spring]
2: form the boundary of; be contiguous to [syn: border]
3: place limits on (extent or access); "restrict the use of
this parking lot"; "limit the time you can spend with your
friends" [syn: restrict, restrain, trammel, limit,
4: spring back; spring away from an impact; "The rubber ball
bounced"; "These particles do not resile but they unite
after they collide" [syn: bounce, resile, take a hop,
spring, rebound, recoil, reverberate, ricochet]