binding

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 [ˈbaɪndɪŋ]


For the verb: "to bind"

Present Participle: binding

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
bind•ing /ˈbaɪndɪŋ/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. the act of fastening, securing, or the like:[uncountable]the binding of our lives together in marriage.
  2. [uncountable] anything that binds, as a strip of material that protects or decorates the edge of a tablecloth, etc.
  3. Printing the covering within which the pages of a book are bound:[countable]This book had a leather binding.
  4. Sport a fastening to lock a boot onto a ski:[countable]My bindings came loose and my skis went flying off.

adj. 
  1. likely to bind or restrict the movements (of someone):a shirt too binding to wear.
  2. having power to bind;
    that must be obeyed;
    obligatory:a binding contract that he couldn't get out of.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
bind•ing  (bīnding),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. the act of fastening, securing, uniting, or the like.
  2. anything that binds.
  3. Printingthe covering within which the leaves of a book are bound.
  4. a strip of material that protects or decorates the edge of a tablecloth, rug, etc.
  5. Sport[Skiing.]a mechanical device on a ski, usually made of metal, that fastens the boot securely to the ski.

adj. 
  1. that binds;
    restrictive.
  2. having power to bind or oblige;
    obligatory:a binding promise.
binding•ly, adv. 
binding•ness, n. 
  • 1200–50; Middle English; see bind, -ing1, -ing2

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
bind /baɪnd/USA pronunciation   v.,  bound/baʊnd/USA pronunciation  bind•ing, n. 
v. 
  1. to fasten or tie (something) with a string, rope, etc.:[+ object]She bound her hair with a ribbon.
  2. to bandage: [+ object (+ up)]to bind one's wounds (up).[+ (+ up) + object]to bind (up) his wounds.
  3. [+ object] to cause to cohere: Ice bound the soil.
  4. [+ object] to unite or join by any tie: to be bound by a contract.
  5. to place under obligation:[+ object;  usually: be + bound + to]She was bound to secrecy by the oath she took.
  6. Printing[+ object] to fasten or secure (sheets of paper) within a cover: to bind a book in leather.

n. [countable;  usually singular]
  1. a difficult situation or predicament: This tight schedule has us in a bind.
bind•a•ble, adj. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
bind  (bīnd),USA pronunciation v.,  bound, bind•ing, n. 
v.t. 
  1. to fasten or secure with a band or bond.
  2. to encircle with a band or ligature:She bound her hair with a ribbon.
  3. to swathe or bandage (often fol. by up):to bind up one's wounds.
  4. to fasten around;
    fix in place by girding:They bound his hands behind him.
  5. to tie up (anything, as sheaves of grain).
  6. to cause to cohere:Ice bound the soil.
  7. to unite by any legal or moral tie:to be bound by a contract.
  8. to hold to a particular state, place, employment, etc.:Business kept him bound to the city.
  9. to place under obligation or compulsion (usually used passively):We are bound by good sense to obey the country's laws.
  10. 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.
  11. to make compulsory or obligatory:to bind the order with a deposit.
  12. Printingto fasten or secure within a cover, as a book:They will bind the new book in leather.
  13. to cover the edge of, as for protection or ornament:to bind a carpet.
  14. (of clothing) to chafe or restrict (the wearer):This shirt binds me under the arms.
  15. Medicineto hinder or restrain (the bowels) from their natural operations;
    constipate.
  16. to indenture as an apprentice (often fol. by out):In his youth his father bound him to a blacksmith.

v.i. 
  1. to become compact or solid;
    cohere.
  2. to be obligatory:an obligation that binds.
  3. to chafe or restrict, as poorly fitting garments:This jacket binds through the shoulders.
  4. to stick fast, as a drill in a hole.
  5. Sport[Falconry.](of a hawk) to grapple or grasp prey firmly in flight.
  6. Textilesbind off, to loop (one stitch) over another in making an edge on knitted fabric.

n. 
  1. the act or process of binding;
    the state or instance of being bound.
  2. something that binds.
  3. Music and Dancea tie, slur, or brace.
  4. Sport[Falconry.]the act of binding.
  5. [Informal.]a difficult situation or predicament:This schedule has us in a bind.
binda•ble, adj. 
  • 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
  1. anything that binds or fastens
  2. the covering within which the pages of a book are bound
  3. the material or tape used for binding hems, etc
adj
  1. imposing an obligation or duty
  2. causing hindrance; restrictive



bind /baɪnd/ vb (binds, binding, bound)
  1. to make or become fast or secure with or as if with a tie or band
  2. (transitive) often followed by up: to encircle or enclose with a band: to bind the hair
  3. (transitive) to place (someone) under obligation; oblige
  4. (transitive) to impose legal obligations or duties upon (a person or party to an agreement)
  5. (transitive) to make (a bargain, agreement, etc) irrevocable; seal
  6. (transitive) to restrain or confine with or as if with ties, as of responsibility or loyalty
  7. (transitive) to place under certain constraints; govern
  8. (transitive) often followed by up: to bandage or swathe
  9. to cohere or stick or cause to cohere or stick: egg binds fat and flour
  10. to make or become compact, stiff, or hard: frost binds the earth
  11. (transitive) to enclose and fasten (the pages of a book) between covers
  12. (transitive) to provide (a garment, hem, etc) with a border or edging, as for decoration or to prevent fraying
  13. (tr; sometimes followed by out or over) to employ as an apprentice; indenture
  14. (intransitive) slang to complain
n
  1. something that binds
  2. informal a difficult or annoying situation

See also bind overEtymology: Old English bindan; related to Old Norse binda, Old High German bintan, Latin offendix band², Sanskrit badhnāti he binds



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