Over vs Bound - What's the difference?

over | bound |

As an adverb over

is , above.

As a preposition over

is over.

As a verb bound is

(bind) or bound can be to surround a territory or other geographical entity or bound can be to leap, move by jumping.

As an adjective bound is

(with infinitive) obliged (to) or bound can be (obsolete) ready, prepared.

As a noun bound is

(often|used in plural) a boundary, the border which one must cross in order to enter or leave a territory or bound can be a sizeable jump, great leap.



(wikipedia over)


(en adjective)
  • Finished; ended or concluded.
  • The show is over .

    Derived terms



  • Thoroughly; completely; from beginning to end.
  • * 1661 , , The Life of the most learned, reverend and pious Dr. H. Hammond
  • During the whole time of his abode in the university he generally spent thirteen hours of the day in study; by which assiduity besides an exact dispatch of the whole course of philosophy, he read over in a manner all classic authors that are extant
  • From an upright position to being horizontal.
  • Horizontally; left to right or right to left.
  • From one position or state to another.
  • Overnight (throughout the night).
  • Again; another time; once more; over again.
  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • (cricket) A set of six legal balls bowled.
  • Any surplus amount of money, goods delivered, etc.
  • * 2008 , G. Puttick, Sandy van Esch, The Principles and Practice of Auditing (page 609)
  • ...standard cash count forms used to record the count and any overs or unders.


    (English prepositions)
  • Physical positioning.
  • # On top of; above; higher than; further up.
  • #* (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow) (1807-1882)
  • Over them gleamed far off the crimson banners of morning.
  • #* {{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=September-October, author=(Henry Petroski)
  • , magazine=(American Scientist), title= The Evolution of Eyeglasses , passage=The ability of a segment of a glass sphere to magnify whatever is placed before it was known around the year 1000, when the spherical segment was called a reading stone,
  • # Across or spanning.
  • #* (Francis Bacon) (1561-1626)
  • Certain lakespoison birds which fly over them.
  • #* , chapter=3
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients , passage=My hopes wa'n't disappointed. I never saw clams thicker than they was along them inshore flats. I filled my dreener in no time, and then it come to me that 'twouldn't be a bad idee to get a lot more, take 'em with me to Wellmouth, and peddle 'em out. Clams was fairly scarce over that side of the bay and ought to fetch a fair price.}}
  • #* {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-29, volume=407, issue=8842, page=72-3, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= A punch in the gut , passage=Mostly, the microbiome is beneficial. It helps with digestion and enables people to extract a lot more calories from their food than would otherwise be possible. Research over the past few years, however, has implicated it in diseases from atherosclerosis to asthma to autism.}}
  • # In such a way as to cover.
  • # From one physical position to another via an obstacle that must be traversed vertically, first upwards and then downwards.
  • By comparison.
  • # More than; to a greater degree.
  • # Beyond; past; exceeding; too much or too far.
  • # (label) As compared to.
  • (label) Divided by.
  • Finished with; done with; from one state to another via a hindrance that must be solved or defeated; or via a third state that represents a significant difference from the first two.
  • While]] using, (especially) while [[consume, consuming.
  • * 1990 , (Seymour Chatman), Coming to Terms , , ISBN 0801497361, page 100[http://books.google.com/books?id=loD1JXOtmTYC&pg=PA100&dq=relax]:
  • Six diners in business clothes—five attractive young women and a balding middle-aged man—relax over cigarettes.
  • * 1998 , Marian Swerdlow, Underground Woman , , ISBN 1566396107, page 88 [http://books.google.com/books?id=jIK3DGkOwYkC&pg=PA88&dq=croissants]:
  • Sunday had been my favorite day at Woodlawn. A long W.A.A. [="work as assigned" period], having coffee and croissants with Mark over the Sunday Times .
  • * 2009 , Sara Pennypacker, The Great Egyptian Grave Robbery , , ISBN 9780545207867, page 79:
  • Over meatloaf and mashed potatoes (being careful not to talk with his mouth full), Stanley told about his adventure.
  • Concerning or regarding.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-08-10, volume=408, issue=8848, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Can China clean up fast enough? , passage=It has jailed environmental activists and is planning to limit the power of judicial oversight by handing a state-approved body a monopoly over bringing environmental lawsuits.}}
  • Above, implying superiority after a contest; in spite of; notwithstanding.
  • Usage notes

    When used in the context of "from one location to another", over'' implies that the two places are at approximately the same height or the height difference is not relevant. For example, if two offices are on the same floor of a building, an office worker might say ''I'll bring that over''' for you'', while if the offices were on different floors, the sentence would likely be ''I'll bring that up [down] for you.'' However, distances are not constrained, e.g. ''He came '''over''' from England last year and now lives in Los Angeles'' or ''I moved the stapler '''over to the other side of my desk.


    (en interjection)
  • In radio communications: end of sentence, ready to receive reply.
  • How do you receive? Over !


    * Andrea Tyler and Vyvyan Evans, "The semantic network for over''", in ''The Semantics of English Prepositions: Spatial Scenes, Embodied Meaning and Cognition , Cambridge University Press, 2003, 0-521-81430 8





    Alternative forms

    * bownd (archaic)

    Etymology 1

    See bind


  • (bind)
  • * {{quote-book, year=1905, author=
  • , title= , chapter=1 citation , passage=“[…] Captain Markam had been found lying half-insensible, gagged and bound , on the floor of the sitting-room, his hands and feet tightly pinioned, and a woollen comforter wound closely round his mouth and neck?; whilst Mrs. Markham's jewel-case, containing valuable jewellery and the secret plans of Port Arthur, had disappeared. […]”}}
    ''I bound the splint to my leg.
    ''I had bound the splint with duct tape.


  • (with infinitive) Obliged (to).
  • * {{quote-book, year=1905, author=
  • , title= , chapter=5 citation , passage=Then I had a good think on the subject of the hocussing of Cigarette, and I was reluctantly bound to admit that once again the man in the corner had found the only possible solution to the mystery.}}
  • (with infinitive) Very likely (to).
  • * , chapter=5
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients , passage=When you're well enough off so's you don't have to fret about anything but your heft or your diseases you begin to get queer, I suppose. And the queerer the cure for those ailings the bigger the attraction. A place like the Right Livers' Rest was bound to draw freaks, same as molasses draws flies.}}
  • (linguistics, of a morpheme) That cannot stand alone as a free word.
  • (mathematics, logic, of a variable) Constrained by a quantifier.
  • (dated) constipated; costive
  • Antonyms
    * free
    Derived terms
    * bound to * I'll be bound

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) bounde, from (etyl) bunne, from


    (en noun)
  • (often, used in plural) A boundary, the border which one must cross in order to enter or leave a territory.
  • I reached the northern bound of my property, took a deep breath and walked on.
    Somewhere within these bounds you may find a buried treasure.
  • (mathematics) a value which is known to be greater or smaller than a given set of values
  • Derived terms
    * boundary * boundless * harmonic bounding * least upper bound * lower bound * metes and bounds * out of bounds * upper bound * within bounds


    (en verb)
  • To surround a territory or other geographical entity.
  • ''France, Portugal, Gibraltar and Andorra bound Spain.
    ''Kansas is bounded by Nebraska on the north, Missouri on the east, Oklahoma on the south and Colorado on the west.
  • (mathematics) To be the boundary of.
  • Derived terms
    * unbound * unbounded

    Etymology 3

    From (etyl) .


    (en noun)
  • A sizeable jump, great leap.
  • ''The deer crossed the stream in a single bound .
  • A spring from one foot to the other in dancing.
  • (dated) A bounce; a rebound.
  • the bound of a ball
    Derived terms
    * by leaps and bounds


    (en verb)
  • To leap, move by jumping.
  • ''The rabbit bounded down the lane.
  • To cause to leap.
  • to bound a horse
  • (dated) To rebound; to bounce.
  • a rubber ball bounds on the floor
  • (dated) To cause to rebound; to throw so that it will rebound; to bounce.
  • to bound a ball on the floor
    Derived terms
    * rebound

    Etymology 4

    Alteration of boun , with -d partly for euphonic effect and partly by association with Etymology 1, above.


    (en adjective)
  • (obsolete) ready, prepared.
  • ready, able to start or go (to); moving in the direction (of).
  • ''Which way are you bound ?
    ''Is that message bound for me?
    Derived terms
    * -bound * bound for