from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Something, such as a fetter, cord, or band, that binds, ties, or fastens things together.
  • n. Confinement in prison; captivity. Often used in the plural.
  • n. A uniting force or tie; a link: the familial bond.
  • n. A binding agreement; a covenant.
  • n. A duty, promise, or other obligation by which one is bound.
  • n. A substance or agent that causes two or more objects or parts to cohere.
  • n. The union or cohesion brought about by such a substance or agent.
  • n. A chemical bond.
  • n. A systematically overlapping or alternating arrangement of bricks or stones in a wall, designed to increase strength and stability.
  • n. Law A written and sealed obligation, especially one requiring payment of a stipulated amount of money on or before a given day.
  • n. Law A sum of money paid as bail or surety.
  • n. Law A bail bondsman.
  • n. A certificate of debt issued by a government or corporation guaranteeing payment of the original investment plus interest by a specified future date.
  • n. The condition of taxable goods being stored in a warehouse until the taxes or duties owed on them are paid.
  • n. An insurance contract in which an agency guarantees payment to an employer in the event of unforeseen financial loss through the actions of an employee.
  • n. Bond paper.
  • transitive v. To mortgage or place a guaranteed bond on.
  • transitive v. To furnish bond or surety for.
  • transitive v. To place (an employee, for example) under bond or guarantee.
  • transitive v. To join securely, as with glue or cement.
  • transitive v. To join (two or more individuals) in or as if in a nurturing relationship: "What bonded [the two men]—who spoke rarely and have little personal rapport—was patience and a conviction that uncontrolled inflation endangers . . . society” ( Robert J. Samuelson).
  • transitive v. To lay (bricks or stones) in an overlapping or alternating pattern.
  • intransitive v. To cohere with or as if with a bond.
  • intransitive v. To form a close personal relationship.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A peasant; churl.
  • n. A vassal; serf; one held in bondage to a superior.
  • adj. Subject to the tenure called bondage.
  • adj. In a state of servitude or slavedom; not free.
  • adj. Servile; slavish; pertaining to or befitting a slave.
  • n. Evidence of a long-term debt, by which the bond issuer (the borrower) is obliged to pay interest when due, and repay the principal at maturity, as specified on the face of the bond certificate. The rights of the holder are specified in the bond indenture, which contains the legal terms and conditions under which the bond was issued. Bonds are available in two forms: registered bonds, and bearer bonds.
  • n. A documentary obligation to pay a sum or to perform a contract; a debenture.
  • n. A physical connection which binds, a band; often plural.
  • n. An emotional link, connection or union.
  • n. A link or force between neighbouring atoms in a molecule.
  • n. A binding agreement, a covenant.
  • n. A bail bond.
  • n. Any constraining or cementing force or material.
  • n. In building, a specific pattern of bricklaying.
  • n. In Scotland, a mortgage.
  • v. To connect, secure or tie with a bond; to bind.
  • v. To cause to adhere (one material with another).
  • v. To form a chemical compound with.
  • v. To guarantee or secure a financial risk.
  • v. To form a friendship or emotional connection.
  • v. To put in a bonded warehouse.
  • v. To lay bricks in a specific pattern.
  • v. To make a reliable electrical connection between two conductors (or any pieces of metal that may potentially become conductors).
  • v. to bail out by means of a bail bond

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. In a state of servitude or slavery; captive.
  • n. That which binds, ties, fastens, or confines, or by which anything is fastened or bound, as a cord, chain, etc.; a band; a ligament; a shackle or a manacle.
  • n. The state of being bound; imprisonment; captivity, restraint.
  • n. A binding force or influence; a cause of union; a uniting tie.
  • n. Moral or political duty or obligation.
  • n. A writing under seal, by which a person binds himself, his heirs, executors, and administrators, to pay a certain sum on or before a future day appointed. This is a single bond. But usually a condition is added, that, if the obligor shall do a certain act, appear at a certain place, conform to certain rules, faithfully perform certain duties, or pay a certain sum of money, on or before a time specified, the obligation shall be void; otherwise it shall remain in full force. If the condition is not performed, the bond becomes forfeited, and the obligor and his heirs are liable to the payment of the whole sum.
  • n. A financial instrument (of the nature of the ordinary legal bond) made by a government or a corporation for purpose of borrowing money; a written promise to pay a specific sum of money on or before a specified day, given in return for a sum of money.
  • n. The state of goods placed in a bonded warehouse till the duties are paid.
  • n. The union or tie of the several stones or bricks forming a wall. The bricks may be arranged for this purpose in several different ways, as in English bond or block bond (Fig. 1), where one course consists of bricks with their ends toward the face of the wall, called headers, and the next course of bricks with their lengths parallel to the face of the wall, called stretchers; Flemish bond (Fig.2), where each course consists of headers and stretchers alternately, so laid as always to break joints; Cross bond, which differs from the English by the change of the second stretcher line so that its joints come in the middle of the first, and the same position of stretchers comes back every fifth line; Combined cross and English bond, where the inner part of the wall is laid in the one method, the outer in the other.
  • n. A unit of chemical attraction between atoms. Also called chemical bond. It is often represented in graphic formulæ by a short line or dash. See Diagram of Benzene nucleus, and Valence. Several types of bond are distinguished by chemists, as double bond, triple bond, covalent bond, hydrogen bond.
  • n. A heavy copper wire or rod connecting adjacent rails of an electric railway track when used as a part of the electric circuit.
  • n. League; association; confederacy.
  • n. A vassal or serf; a slave.
  • transitive v. To place under the conditions of a bond; to mortgage; to secure the payment of the duties on (goods or merchandise) by giving a bond.
  • transitive v. To dispose in building, as the materials of a wall, so as to secure solidity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To put in bond or into a bonded warehouse, as goods liable for customs or excise duties, the duties remaining unpaid till the goods are taken out, but bonds being given for their payment: as, to bond 1,000 pounds of tobacco.
  • To grant a bond or bond and mortgage on: as, to bond property.
  • To convert into bonds: as, to bond a debt.
  • To place a bonded debt upon: as, to bond a railroad.
  • In building, to bind or hold together (bricks or stones in a wall) by a proper disposition of headers and stretchers, or by cement, mortar, etc. See bond, n., 12.
  • To hold together from being bonded, as bricks in a wall.
  • n. A peasant; a churl.
  • n. A vassal; a serf; one held in bondage to a superior.
  • Subject to the tenure called bondage.
  • In a state of servitude or slavery; not free.
  • Servile; slavish; pertaining to or befitting a slave: as, bond fear.
  • To subject to bondage.
  • To unite the ends of (two adjacent rails,) either by copper wires or cables, or by welding, in order to secure a low-resistance return-circuit for the electric current.
  • n. Anything that binds, fastens, confines, or holds together, as a cord, chain, rope, band, or bandage; a ligament.
  • n. Specifically
  • n. plural Fetters; chains for restraint; hence, imprisonment; captivity.
  • n. A binding or uniting power or influence; cause of union; link of connection; a uniting tie: as, the bonds of affection.
  • n. Something that constrains the mind or will; obligation; duty.
  • n. An agreement or engagement; a covenant between two or more persons.
  • n. [⟨ D. bond, league.] A league or confederation: used of the Dutch-speaking populations of southern Africa.
  • n. In law, an instrument under seal by which the maker binds himself, and usually also his heirs, executors, and administrators (or, if a corporation, their successors), to do or not to do a specified act.
  • n. The state of being in a bonded warehouse or store in charge of custom-house or excise officers: said of goods or merchandise: as, tea and wine still in bond.
  • n. A surety; a bondsman; bail.
  • n. A certificate of ownership of a specified portion of a capital debt due by a government, a city, a railroad, or other corporation to individual holders, and usually bearing a fixed rate of interest.
  • n. In chem., a unit of combining or saturating power equivalent to that of one hydrogen atom.
  • n. In building: The connection of one stone or brick with another made by lapping one over the other as the work is carried up, so that a homogeneous and coherent mass may be formed, which could not be the case if every vertical joint were over that below it. See chain-bond, cross-bond, heart-bond, and phrases below.
  • n. plural The whole of the timbers disposed in the walls of a house, as bond-timbers, wall-plates, lintels, and templets.
  • n. The distance between the nail of one slate in a roof and the lower edge of the slate above it.
  • n. that disposition of bricks in a wall in which the courses are alternately composed entirely of headers, or bricks laid with their heads or ends toward the face of the wall, and of stretchers, or bricks with their length parallel to the face of the wall.
  • n. that disposition of bricks in a wall in which each course is composed of headers and stretchers alternately.
  • n. Same as bond-timber.
  • n. In electricity, the rod, heavy copper wire, or weld which is used to connect the abutting rails of a railway-track to form an electric circuit.
  • n. In Scots law, the surrender of a fee to a superior.

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

  • n. a connection based on kinship or marriage or common interest
  • n. a connection that fastens things together
  • v. stick to firmly
  • n. a certificate of debt (usually interest-bearing or discounted) that is issued by a government or corporation in order to raise money; the issuer is required to pay a fixed sum annually until maturity and then a fixed sum to repay the principal
  • v. issue bonds on
  • v. bring together in a common cause or emotion
  • n. (criminal law) money that must be forfeited by the bondsman if an accused person fails to appear in court for trial
  • n. an electrical force linking atoms
  • n. a restraint that confines or restricts freedom (especially something used to tie down or restrain a prisoner)
  • n. a superior quality of strong durable white writing paper; originally made for printing documents
  • n. British secret operative 007 in novels by Ian Fleming
  • v. create social or emotional ties
  • n. the property of sticking together (as of glue and wood) or the joining of surfaces of different composition
  • n. United States civil rights leader who was elected to the legislature in Georgia but was barred from taking his seat because he opposed the Vietnam War (born 1940)


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, variant of band, from Old Norse.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English bonde ("peasant, servant, bondman"), from Old English bōnda, būnda ("householder, freeman, plebeian, husband"), perhaps from Old Norse bóndi ("husbandman, householder"), or as a contraction of Old English būend ("dweller, inhabitant"). Both Old English & Old Norse, from Proto-Germanic *būwandz (“dweller”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰeu- (“to swell, grow”). See also bower, boor.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English bond, variant of band, from Old English beand, bænd, bend ("bond, chain, fetter, band, ribbon, ornament, chaplet, crown"), from Proto-Germanic *bandaz, *bandiz (“band, fetter”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰendʰ- (“to tie, bind”). Cognate with Dutch band, German Band, Swedish band. Related to bind.


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  • "n. plural The whole of the timbers disposed in the walls of a house, as bond-timbers, wall-plates, lintels, and templets."

    -- from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

    May 14, 2014