Main definitions of unbound in English

: unbound1unbound2

unbound1

adjective

  • 1Not bound or tied up.

    ‘her hair was unbound’
    figurative ‘they were unbound by convention’
    • ‘The Immaculate Conception fits in here; it makes Mary's ‘yes’ as free, as unbound by the tendency to sin, as Eve's ‘no’ was.’
    • ‘He would trump his father's cautious internationalism with a new, more aggressive America, unbound and unshackled.’
    • ‘Thus Sun, heretofore a symbol of capitalism unbound, has opened its Solaris operating system in hopes that wider use will stimulate demand for Sun hardware and consulting services.’
    • ‘Spontaneous, full of life, and unbound by the conventional mores and laws of society, Carmen embodies the heroic defiance of free spirit, desire, and natural instinct over the social rules governing modernity.’
    • ‘America was unbound and, at least in relative terms, unburdened.’
    • ‘Had the exhibit already begun, unbound by the walls supposedly housing it?’
    • ‘There is an unorthodoxy to this skinny Northern Irishman, a feeling of a spirit unbound, and how Tony Mowbray must wish the player was accomplished enough to provide a more enduring influence.’
    • ‘There is no denying that Jackson, half in shadow,, half in light, her unbound hair appearing as a delicate tracery of light itself around her face, serves as a fitting frontispiece for the catalog.’
    • ‘He is a confused little boy, fluctuating between suppressed anger and this unbound love he wants to share, but is afraid to.’
    • ‘It's refreshing to watch a band so completely unbound by such conventions, and to know that the cultural tapestry that is New York has finally produced a band which reflects that.’
    • ‘Congress consequently emerged from the Great Depression and from World War II essentially unbound by the old constraints of federalism.’
    • ‘The exhibition conveys the joy of the artist in the creation unbound by place or time, stemming ‘from the well-spring of the heart’ and its unlimited possibilities.’
    • ‘That feeling himself fleetingly unbound only when eating, drinking, procreating, in his dwelling and dressing-up, man erects means into sole and ultimate ends.’
    • ‘Contrary to the theories of the posthumanist discourse, Richard argues that knowledge is not reducible to information that can travel anywhere unbound to a material context.’
    • ‘It seems truly frustrating to be suspended between the rhetorical promises of two equally undesirable futures: one of unbound connectivity and file sharing, the other of nothing but commercial trademarks and legal binding.’
    • ‘Each was also to imagine itself unbound by convention or costs, beats or bosses.’
    • ‘I couldn't get the knot unbound and then I just - I picked her up and I just screamed, the kind of scream you scream in a dream when you - you're trying to speak, but you can't.’
    • ‘Art builds upon and reinvests itself, with ever more possibility and potential, unbound and unscathed by fanatical historicities and narrow idolizations.’
    • ‘Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut and The Shining, similarly, both play upon the idea of a controlling elite of sadists who impose one reality on us, while frolicking in a zone of radically unbound libido themselves.’
    • ‘A warm emancipatory joy welled up inside me; unbound from ancient strictures, I could once again focus on the adventure ahead.’
    1. 1.1(of printed sheets) not bound together.
      ‘other copies were sold in the form of unbound printed sheets’
      • ‘If you want to bind it I doubt any publisher/editor/slushpile reader would mind, nor will they object at all if it's unbound.’
      • ‘Now, if I'd managed to make any headway in checking the proofs of my book (which are sitting here beside me, a teetering pile of unbound A4 just waiting to be kicked over), my day would have been pretty well perfect.’
      • ‘A large sheaf of unbound A4 pages is messy and difficult to file.’
      • ‘The most striking but by no means the only instances are the hole cut in a page of his novel Albert Angelo and the presentation, in The Unfortunates, of a box containing a bundle of unbound gatherings to be read in random order.’
      • ‘When a book has been handed in, the manuscript is copy-edited, then it's typeset into something called unbound galleys.’
    2. 1.2(of a bound book) not provided with a proper or permanent cover.
      ‘two thick, unbound volumes’
      • ‘‘I have piles and piles of unbound books, and I just look at them and think, I'm never going to finish,’ he admits with a chuckle.’
      • ‘In his will, Michele d' Alessio stipulated that any unbound volumes should be bound, and that each book should be annotated on its flyleaf with his name as donor.’
      • ‘However, until and unless they are successful, our street-level distribution will be unbound.’
      • ‘It was 48 pages long, it was unillustrated and was printed, unbound, on cheap paper.’
      • ‘Cave Birds was first presented to the world in print in a limited edition of 125 unbound books published by the Scolar Press in 1975.’
    3. 1.3Physics Chemistry
      Not held by a chemical bond, gravity, or other physical force.
      ‘unbound electrons’
      • ‘The concentration of unbound protein in the supernatant was determined spectrophotometrically at 410 nm.’
      • ‘Energetically, the fundamental limitation of these solvent-screened electrostatic potentials of the unbound molecule is that they ignore the important desolvation effects incurred upon binding.’
      • ‘They detected fewer particles from the collisions than standard theory predicts, suggesting that a tiny blob of unbound quarks and gluons may have been created.’
      • ‘Indeed, he notes, the structure of the amino acid asparagine resembles acrylamide, and asparagine is potatoes' primary unbound amino acid.’
      • ‘Many unbound ligands exhibit an equilibrium mixture of several conformers, thus prohibiting a structural analysis by crystallographic methods.’

Pronunciation:

unbound

/ʌnˈbaʊnd/

Main definitions of unbound in English

: unbound1unbound2

unbound2

  • past and past participle of unbind

Pronunciation:

unbound

/ʌnˈbaʊnd/