American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To tie or secure, as with a rope or cord.
- v. To fasten or wrap by encircling, as with a belt or ribbon.
- v. To bandage: bound up their wounds.
- v. To hold or restrain with or as if with bonds.
- v. To compel, obligate, or unite: bound by a deep sense of duty; bound by a common interest in sports.
- v. Law To place under legal obligation by contract or oath.
- v. To make certain or irrevocable: bind the deal with a down payment.
- v. To apprentice or indenture: was bound out as a servant.
- v. To cause to cohere or stick together in a mass: Bind the dry ingredients with milk and eggs.
- v. To enclose and fasten (a book or other printed material) between covers.
- v. To furnish with an edge or border for protection, reinforcement, or ornamentation.
- v. To constipate.
- v. Chemistry To combine with, form a chemical bond with, or be taken up by, as an enzyme with its substrate.
- v. To tie up or fasten something.
- v. To stick or become stuck: applied a lubricant to keep the moving parts from binding.
- v. To be uncomfortably tight or restricting, as clothes.
- v. To become compact or solid; cohere.
- v. To be compelling or unifying: the ties that bind.
- v. Chemistry To combine chemically or form a chemical bond.
- n. The act of binding.
- n. The state of being bound.
- n. Something that binds.
- n. A place where something binds: a bind halfway up the seam of the skirt.
- n. Informal A difficult, restrictive, or unresolvable situation: found themselves in a bind when their car broke down.
- n. Music A tie, slur, or brace.
- bind off To cast off in knitting.
- bind over Law To hold on bail or place under bond.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make fast (to, on, or upon) with a band or bond of any kind.
- To unite by any legal or moral tie; attach by considerations of love, duty, interest, obligation, etc.: as, bound in the bonds of matrimony; bound by gratitude, duty, debt, etc.
- To put in bonds or fetters; deprive of liberty or of the use of the limbs by making fast physically.
- To restrain; hold to a particular state, place, employment, etc.
- To hinder or restrain (the bowels) from their natural operations; make costive; constipate.
- To fasten around anything; fix in place by girding or tying: as, to bind a cord round the arm.
- To encircle with a band or ligature; gird; confine or restrain by girding: as, “bind up those tresses,”
- To swathe or bandage; cover and swathe with dressings: with up.
- To form a border or edge on, for the purpose of strengthening or ornamenting; edge: as, to bind a wheel with a tire; to bind a garment or a carpet.
- To tie or fasten (loose things) together with a band, cord, or tie; tie up into one bundle or mass: as, to bind sheaves of grain.
- To fasten or secure within a cover, as a book or pamphlet. See bookbinding.
- In fencing, to secure (the sword of an adversary). See binding, n., 3.
- To cause to cohere; cement; knit; unite firmly: as, to bind the loose sand.
- To place under obligation or compulsion: as, all are bound to obey the laws.
- To put under legal obligation: often with over: as, to bind a man over to keep the peace.
- Specifically To indenture as an apprentice: often with out.
- To cohere; stick together.
- To become indurated, hard, or stiff: as, clay binds by heat.
- To be obligatory or of force.
- To tie up anything; specifically, to tie up sheaves.
- In falconry, to seize a bird in the air and cling to it: said of a hawk.
- n. A tie or band; anything that binds. Specifically— A connecting timber in a ship.
- n. In music, a tie, slur, or brace.
- n. In coal-mining, indurated, argillaceous shale or clay, such as frequently forms the roof of a coal-seam: same as bend, 12, and bat, 10.
- n. A unit of tale. A bind of eels is 250. A bind of skins is 32, or of some kinds 40.
- n. Bounds; limit; stint: as, I am at my bind.
- n. A climbing stem; a bine; specifically, a stalk of hops. See bine.
- n. That which binds or ties.
- n. A troublesome situation; a problem; a predicament or quandary.
- n. Any twining or climbing plant or stem, especially a hop vine; a bine.
- n. music A ligature or tie for grouping notes.
- v. intransitive To tie; to confine by any ligature.
- v. intransitive To cohere or stick together in a mass.
- v. intransitive To be restrained from motion, or from customary or natural action, as by friction.
- v. intransitive To exert a binding or restraining influence.
- v. transitive To tie or fasten tightly together, with a cord, band, ligature, chain, etc.
- v. transitive To confine, restrain, or hold by physical force or influence of any kind.
- v. transitive To couple.
- v. figuratively To oblige, restrain, or hold, by authority, law, duty, promise, vow, affection, or other social tie.
- v. law To put (a person) under definite legal obligations, especially, under the obligation of a bond or covenant.
- v. law To place under legal obligation to serve.
- v. transitive To protect or strengthen by applying a band or binding, as the edge of a carpet or garment.
- v. transitive, archaic To make fast (a thing) about or upon something, as by tying; to encircle with something.
- v. transitive, archaic To cover, as with a bandage.
- v. transitive, archaic To prevent or restrain from customary or natural action.
- v. transitive To put together in a cover, as of books.
- v. transitive, computing To associate an identifier with a value; to associate a variable name, method name, etc. with the content of a storage location.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To tie, or confine with a cord, band, ligature, chain, etc.; to fetter; to make fast.
- v. To confine, restrain, or hold by physical force or influence of any kind.
- v. To cover, as with a bandage; to bandage or dress; -- sometimes with
- v. To make fast ( a thing)
aboutor uponsomething, as by tying; to encircle withsomething.
- v. To prevent or restrain from customary or natural action.
- v. To protect or strengthen by a band or binding, as the edge of a carpet or garment.
- v. To sew or fasten together, and inclose in a cover.
- v. Fig.: To oblige, restrain, or hold, by authority, law, duty, promise, vow, affection, or other moral tie.
- v. To bring (any one) under definite legal obligations; esp. under the obligation of a bond or covenant.
- v. To place under legal obligation to serve; to indenture; ; -- sometimes with
- v. To tie; to confine by any ligature.
- v. To contract; to grow hard or stiff; to cohere or stick together in a mass.
- v. To be restrained from motion, or from customary or natural action, as by friction.
- v. To exert a binding or restraining influence.
- n. That which binds or ties.
- n. Any twining or climbing plant or stem, esp. a hop vine; a bine.
- n. (Metal.) Indurated clay, when much mixed with the oxide of iron.
- n. (Mus.) A ligature or tie for grouping notes.
- n. something that hinders as if with bonds
- v. provide with a binding
- v. bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted
- v. cause to be constipated
- v. create social or emotional ties
- v. make fast; tie or secure, with or as if with a rope
- v. form a chemical bond with
- v. secure with or as if with ropes
- v. wrap around with something so as to cover or enclose
- v. stick to firmly
- v. fasten or secure with a rope, string, or cord
- From Old English bindan, from Proto-Germanic *bindanan (compare West Frisian bine, Dutch binden), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰendʰ- (“to tie”) (compare Welsh benn ("cart"), Latin offendīx ("knot, band"), Lithuanian beñdras ("partner"), Albanian bend ("servant,henchman"), bind ("to convince, persuade, tame"), Ancient Greek πεῖσμα (peisma, "cable, rope"), Sanskrit (badhnāti)). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English binden, from Old English bindan; see bhendh- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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