Sense: 1-2, 4-5
Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: bodne, from Medieval Latin bodina
Sense: 3, 6
Date: 1500-1600
Language: Old French
Origin: bond, from bondir; BOUND32


4 noun


a) the limits of what is possible or acceptable
within the bounds of something
We are here to make sure that the police operate within the bounds of the law.
be/go beyond the bounds of credibility/reason/decency etc
The humor in the movie sometimes goes beyond the bounds of good taste.
be within/beyond the bounds of possibility (=be possible/not possible)
It was not beyond the bounds of possibility that they could meet again.
b) old-fashioned the edges of a town, city etc

out of bounds

if a place is out of bounds, you are not allowed to go there [= off-limits American English]
out of bounds to/for
The path by the railway line is officially out of bounds to both cyclists and walkers.

by leaps and bounds/in leaps and bounds

British English if someone or something increases, develops etc by leaps and bounds, they increase etc very quickly:
Julie's reading is improving in leaps and bounds.

know no bounds

formal if someone's honesty, kindness etc knows no bounds, they are extremely honest etc

in bounds/out of bounds

DS inside or outside the legal playing area in a sport such as American football or basketball
6 [countable] a long or high jump made with a lot of energy

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