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 for Boundary
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Boundary \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.
     [1913 Webster]
           But still his native country lies
           Beyond the boundaries of the skies.      --N. Cotton.
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           That bright and tranquil stream, the boundary of Louth
           and Meath.                               --Macaulay.
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           Sensation and reflection are the boundaries of our
           thoughts.                                --Locke.
     [1913 Webster]
     Syn: Limit; bound; border; term; termination; barrier; verge;
          confines; precinct.
     Usage: 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.
            [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the line or plane indicating the limit or extent of
           something [syn: boundary, bound, bounds]
      2: a line determining the limits of an area [syn: boundary,
         edge, bound]
      3: the greatest possible degree of something; "what he did was
         beyond the bounds of acceptable behavior"; "to the limit of
         his ability" [syn: limit, bound, boundary]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  171 Moby Thesaurus words for "boundary":
     Thule, Ultima Thule, ankle, articulation, balustrade, barrier,
     bisector, bitter end, border line, bordering, borderline, borders,
     bottom dollar, bound, boundary condition, boundary line, bounding,
     bounds, bourn, break boundary, breakoff point, butt, butt end,
     caesura, caudal, ceiling, cervix, circumscription, clinch, closure,
     coastal, colon, comma, compass, conclusive, confine, confinement,
     confines, connecting link, connecting rod, connection, continence,
     coupling, cutoff, cutoff point, deadline, definitive, delimitation,
     determinant, determinative, determining, diameter, discipline,
     divider, division line, dovetail, elbow, embrace, end, endmost,
     equator, eventual, extreme, extremity, fag end, farthest,
     farthest bound, fence, final, finish, floor, fringing, frontier,
     frontiers, gliding joint, halfway mark, hedge, high-water mark,
     hinge, hinged joint, hip, interface, join, joining, joint,
     jumping-off place, juncture, knee, knuckle, last, limbic, limen,
     liminal, limit, limitation, limiting, limiting factor, limits,
     line, line of demarcation, link, littoral, low-water mark,
     lower limit, march, marginal, mark, mete, miter, moderation,
     mortise, neck, nib, partition, pause, perimeter, period, pivot,
     pivot joint, point, polar, pole, precincts, prescription,
     proscription, purlieus, qualification, rabbet, rail, railing,
     restrain, restriction, rimming, scarf, seam, semicolon, shoulder,
     skirting, start, starting line, starting point, stitch, stone wall,
     stop, stub, stump, suture, symphysis, tag, tag end, tail, tail end,
     target date, term, terminal, terminal date, terminating,
     terminative, terminus, threshold, tie rod, time allotment, tip,
     toggle, toggle joint, ultimate, union, upper limit, wall, weld,

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  BOUNDARY, estates. By this term is understood in general, every separation, 
  natural or artificial, which marks the confines or line of division of two 
  contiguous estates. 3 Toull. n. 171. 
       2. Boundary also signifies stones or other materials inserted in the 
  earth on the confines of two estates. 
       3. Boundaries are either natural or artificial. A river or other stream 
  is a natural boundary, and in that case the centre of the stream is the 
  line. 20 John. R. 91; 12 John. R. 252; 1 Rand. R. 417; 1 Halst. R. 1; 2 N. 
  H. Rep. 369; 6 Cowen, R. 579; 4 Pick. 268; 3 Randolph's R. 33 4 Mason's R. 
       4. An artificial boundary is one made by man.
       5. The description of land, in a deed, by specific boundaries, is 
  conclusive as to the quantity; and if the quantity be expressed as a part of 
  the description, it will be inoperative, and it is immaterial whether the 
  quantity contained within the specific boundaries, be greater or less than 
  that expressed; 5 Mass. 357; 1 Caines' R. 493; 2 John. R. 27; 15 John. 471; 
  17 John. R. 146; Id. 29; 6 Cranch, 237; 4 Hen. & Munf. 125; 2 Bay, R. 515; 
  and the same rule is applicable, although neither the courses and distances, 
  nor the estimated contents, correspond with such specific boundaries; 6 
  Mass. 131; 11 Mass. 193; 2 Mass. 380; 5 Mass. 497; but these rules do not 
  apply in cases where adherence to them would be plainly absurd. 17 Mass. 
  207. Vide 17 S. & R. 104; 2 Mer. R. 507; 1 Swanst. 9; 4 Ves. 180; 1 Stark. 
  Ev. 169; 1 Phil. Ev. Index, h. t.; Chit. Pr. Index, h. t.; 1 Supp. to Ves. 
  jr. 276; 2 Hill. Ab. c. 24, Sec. 209, and Index, h. t. 
       6. When a boundary, fixed and by mutual consent, has been permitted to 
  stand for twenty-one years, it cannot afterwards be disturbed. In accordance 
  with this rule, it has been decided, that where town lots have been occupied 
  up to a line fence between them, for more than twenty-one years, each party 
  gained an incontrovertible right to the line thus established, and this 
  whether either party knew of the adverse claim or not; and whether either 
  party has more or less ground than was originally in the lot he owns. 9 
  Watts, R. 565. See Hov. Fr. c. 8, p. 239 to 243; 3 Sum. R 170 Poth. Contr. 
  de Societe, prem. app. n. 231. 
       7. Boundaries are frequently marked by partition fences, ditches, 
  hedges, trees, &c. When such a fence is built by one of the owners of the 
  land, on his own premises, it belongs to him exclusively; when built by both 
  at joint expense, each is the owner of that part on his own land. 5 Taunt. 
  20. When the boundary is a hedge and a single ditch, it is presumed to 
  belong to him on whose side the hedge is, because he who dug the ditch is 
  presumed to have thrown the earth upon his own land, which was alone lawful 
  to do, and that the hedge was planted, as is usual, on the top of the bank 
  thus raised. 3 Taunt. 138. But if there is a ditch on each side of the 
  hedge, or no ditch at all, the hedge is presumed to be the common property 
  of both proprietors. Arch. N. P. 328; 2 Greenl. Ev. Sec. 617. A tree growing 
  in the boundary line is the joint property of both owners of the land. 12 N. 
  H. Rep. 454. 
       8. Disputes arising from a confusion of boundaries may be generally 
  settled by an action at law. But courts of equity will entertain a bill for 
  the settlement of boundaries, when the rights of one of the parties may be 
  established upon equitable grounds. 4 Bouv. Inst. n. 3923. 

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  BOUNDARY, n.  In political geography, an imaginary line between two
  nations, separating the imaginary rights of one from the imaginary
  rights of the other.

From U.S. Gazetteer Counties (2000) :

  Boundary -- U.S. County in Idaho
     Population (2000):    9871
     Housing Units (2000): 4095
     Land area (2000):     1268.806171 sq. miles (3286.192758 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    9.401069 sq. miles (24.348657 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    1278.207240 sq. miles (3310.541415 sq. km)
     Located within:       Idaho (ID), FIPS 16
     Location:             48.758435 N, 116.373036 W
      Boundary, ID
      Boundary County
      Boundary County, ID

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