(Bound), a. [Past p. of OE. bounen to prepare, fr. boun ready, prepared, fr. Icel. buinn, p.
p. of bua to dwell, prepare; akin to E. boor and bower. See Bond, a., and cf. Busk, v.] 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." Cowper.
(Bound"a*ry) n.; pl. Boundaries [From Bound a limit; cf. LL. bonnarium piece of land with
fixed limits.] That which indicates or fixes a limit or extent, or marks a bound, as of a territory; a bounding
or separating line; a real or imaginary limit.
But still his native country lies
Beyond the boundaries of the skies.
That bright and tranquil stream, the boundary of Louth and Meath.
Sensation and reflection are the boundaries of our thoughts.
Syn. Limit; bound; border; term; termination; barrier; verge; confines; precinct. Bound, Boundary. Boundary,
in its original and strictest sense, is a visible object or mark indicating a limit. Bound is the limit itself.
But in ordinary usage the two words are made interchangeable.
(Bound"en) p. p & a. [Old. p. p. of bind.]
1. Bound; fastened by bonds. [Obs.]
2. Under obligation; bound by some favor rendered; obliged; beholden.
This holy word, that teacheth us truly our bounden duty toward our Lord God in every point.
3. Made obligatory; imposed as a duty; binding.
I am much bounden to your majesty.
(Bound"er) n. One who, or that which, limits; a boundary. Sir T. Herbert.
(Bound"ing), a. Moving with a bound or bounds.
The bounding pulse, the languid limb.
(Bound"less), a. Without bounds or confines; illimitable; vast; unlimited. "The boundless sky."
Bryant. "The boundless ocean." Dryden. "Boundless rapacity." "Boundless prospect of gain." Macaulay.
Syn. Unlimited; unconfined; immeasurable; illimitable; infinite.
Bound"less*ly, adv. Bound"less*ness, n.
(Boun"te*ous) a. [OE. bountevous, fr. bounte bounty.] Liberal in charity; disposed to give
freely; generously liberal; munificent; beneficent; free in bestowing gifts; as, bounteous production.
But O, thou bounteous Giver of all good.