Sense: 1-2, 4-5
|Origin:||bodne, from Medieval Latin bodina|
|Origin:||bond, from bondir; BOUND32|
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.
the edges of a town, city etc
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.
3 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.
if someone's honesty, kindness etc knows no bounds, they are extremely honest etc
inside or outside the legal playing area in a sport such as American football or basketball
a long or high jump made with a lot of energy