In a (Hausdorff) topological vector space one can consider bounded sets: a set $S$ is bounded if it is absorbed by any open neighborhood $U$ of zero (i.e. a dilated multiple $\lambda U = \{\lambda x | x\in U\}$ contains $S$). This specializes to the usual definition of a bounded set in a normed vector space: a set is bounded if it is contained in a ball of some finite radius $r \gt 0$.

A linear operator$A: V_1\to V_2$ between topological vector spaces is bounded if it sends each bounded set in $V_1$ to a bounded set in $V_2$. For normed spaces, this is equivalent to saying that it sends the unit ball to a bounded set. Between finite dimensional normed spaces, every linear operator is bounded. A linear operator between any two normed linear spaces is bounded iff it is continuous.