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  • v. To constrict, to compress
  • v. To become constricted or compressed
  • v. To bind by moral or legal obligation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To bind fast; to constrict; to contract; to cause parts to draw together; to compress.
  • transitive v. To bind by moral or legal obligation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To compress; bind together; constrict.
  • Figuratively, to oblige; constrain; bind by obligation.
  • To become solid; congeal.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. become constricted or compressed
  • v. constrict or bind or draw together

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