Answer: a sound that can occur in a language only in combination with other sounds
Bound Morpheme
A bound morpheme is a word element that cannot stand alone as a word including both prefixes and suffixes. Free morphemes by contrast can stand alone as a word and cannot be broken down further into other word elements.
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Bound morphemes have no linguistic meaning unless they are connected to a root or base word or in some cases another bound morpheme. Prefixes and suffixes are two types of bound morphemes. Depending on how they modify a root word bound morphemes can be grouped into two categories: inflectional morphemes and derivational morphemes.
• Use a slash (/) for bound morphemes which follow the free morpheme (suffixes) and use a backslash (\) for bound morphemes which precede the free morpheme (prefixes). There should be no spaces between the free morpheme and the bound morpheme(s).
In morphology a bound morpheme is a morpheme that only appears as part of a larger word; a free or unbound morpheme is one that can stand alone. A bound morpheme is also known as a bound form and similarly a free morpheme is a free form. Affixes are always bound in English although languages such as Arabic have forms which sometimes affix to words and sometimes can stand alone.
Noun. 1. bound morpheme - a morpheme that occurs only as part of a larger construction; eg an -s at the end of plural nouns. bound form. morpheme - minimal meaningful language unit; it cannot be divided into smaller meaningful units. combining form - a bound form used only in compounds; "`hemato-'...