For the verb: "to bind"
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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
bind•ing /ˈbaɪndɪŋ/USA pronunciation
n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
- the act of fastening, securing, or the like:[uncountable]the binding of our lives together in marriage.
- [uncountable] anything that binds, as a strip of material that protects or decorates the edge of a tablecloth, etc.
- Printing the covering within which the pages of a book are bound:[countable]This book had a leather binding.
- Sport a fastening to lock a boot onto a ski:[countable]My bindings came loose and my skis went flying off.
- likely to bind or restrict the movements (of someone):a shirt too binding to wear.
- having power to bind;
that must be obeyed;
obligatory:a binding contract that he couldn't get out of.
(bīn′ding),USA pronunciation n. WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
- the act of fastening, securing, uniting, or the like.
- anything that binds.
- Printingthe covering within which the leaves of a book are bound.
- a strip of material that protects or decorates the edge of a tablecloth, rug, etc.
- Sport[Skiing.]a mechanical device on a ski, usually made of metal, that fastens the boot securely to the ski.
- that binds;
- having power to bind or oblige;
obligatory:a binding promise.
- 1200–50; Middle English; see bind, -ing1, -ing2
bind /baɪnd/USA pronunciation
v., bound/baʊnd/USA pronunciation bind•ing, n. v.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
n. [countable; usually singular]
- to fasten or tie (something) with a string, rope, etc.:[~ + object]She bound her hair with a ribbon.
- to bandage: [~ + object (+ up)]to bind one's wounds (up).[~ + (+ up) + object]to bind (up) his wounds.
- [~ + object] to cause to cohere: Ice bound the soil.
- [~ + object] to unite or join by any tie: to be bound by a contract.
- to place under obligation:[~ + object; usually: be + bound + to]She was bound to secrecy by the oath she took.
- Printing[~ + object] to fasten or secure (sheets of paper) within a cover: to bind a book in leather.
- a difficult situation or predicament: This tight schedule has us in a bind.
(bīnd),USA pronunciation v., bound, bind•ing, n. v.t.
- to fasten or secure with a band or bond.
- to encircle with a band or ligature:She bound her hair with a ribbon.
- to swathe or bandage (often fol. by up):to bind up one's wounds.
- to fasten around;
fix in place by girding:They bound his hands behind him.
- to tie up (anything, as sheaves of grain).
- to cause to cohere:Ice bound the soil.
- to unite by any legal or moral tie:to be bound by a contract.
- to hold to a particular state, place, employment, etc.:Business kept him bound to the city.
- to place under obligation or compulsion (usually used passively):We are bound by good sense to obey the country's laws.
- Lawto put under legal obligation, as to keep the peace or appear as a witness (often fol. by over):This action binds them to keep the peace. He was bound over to the grand jury.
- to make compulsory or obligatory:to bind the order with a deposit.
- Printingto fasten or secure within a cover, as a book:They will bind the new book in leather.
- to cover the edge of, as for protection or ornament:to bind a carpet.
- (of clothing) to chafe or restrict (the wearer):This shirt binds me under the arms.
- Medicineto hinder or restrain (the bowels) from their natural operations;
- to indenture as an apprentice (often fol. by out):In his youth his father bound him to a blacksmith.
- to become compact or solid;
- to be obligatory:an obligation that binds.
- to chafe or restrict, as poorly fitting garments:This jacket binds through the shoulders.
- to stick fast, as a drill in a hole.
- Sport[Falconry.](of a hawk) to grapple or grasp prey firmly in flight.
- Textilesbind off, to loop (one stitch) over another in making an edge on knitted fabric.
- the act or process of binding;
the state or instance of being bound.
- something that binds.
- Music and Dancea tie, slur, or brace.
- Sport[Falconry.]the act of binding.
- [Informal.]a difficult situation or predicament:This schedule has us in a bind.
- bef. 1000; Middle English binden (verb, verbal), Old English bindan; cognate with Old High German bintan, Old Norse binda, Gothic bindan, Sanskrit bandhati (he) binds
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged gird, attach, tie.
- 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged confine, restrain.
- 9.See corresponding entry in Unabridged engage, oblige, obligate.
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged untie.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
binding /ˈbaɪndɪŋ/ n
- anything that binds or fastens
- the covering within which the pages of a book are bound
- the material or tape used for binding hems, etc
- imposing an obligation or duty
- causing hindrance; restrictive
bind /baɪnd/ vb (binds, binding, bound)
- to make or become fast or secure with or as if with a tie or band
- (transitive) often followed by up: to encircle or enclose with a band: to bind the hair
- (transitive) to place (someone) under obligation; oblige
- (transitive) to impose legal obligations or duties upon (a person or party to an agreement)
- (transitive) to make (a bargain, agreement, etc) irrevocable; seal
- (transitive) to restrain or confine with or as if with ties, as of responsibility or loyalty
- (transitive) to place under certain constraints; govern
- (transitive) often followed by up: to bandage or swathe
- to cohere or stick or cause to cohere or stick: egg binds fat and flour
- to make or become compact, stiff, or hard: frost binds the earth
- (transitive) to enclose and fasten (the pages of a book) between covers
- (transitive) to provide (a garment, hem, etc) with a border or edging, as for decoration or to prevent fraying
- (tr; sometimes followed by out or over) to employ as an apprentice; indenture
- (intransitive) slang to complain
See also bind overEtymology: Old English bindan; related to Old Norse binda, Old High German bintan, Latin offendix band², Sanskrit badhnāti he binds
- something that binds
- informal a difficult or annoying situation
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