- the process by which individuals become emotionally attached to one another
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- a relationship that usually begins at the time of birth between a parent and offspring and that establishes the basis for an ongoing mutual attachment.
- the establishment of a pair bond.
- Psychologya close friendship that develops between adults, often as a result of intense experiences, as those shared in military combat.
- Dentistrya technique or procedure for restoring the discolored or damaged surface of a tooth by coating it with a highly durable resinous material that adheres to the existing enamel.
- bond1 + -ing1 1670–80, for earlier sense
- something that binds or holds together:[countable]This superglue creates a bond strong enough to hold five hundred pounds.
- an agreement or feeling that unites one person to another, or to a way of behaving:[countable]a baby's bond to its mother; the bonds of marriage.
- [countable; usually singular] firm assurance or promise: My word is my bond.
- Business an agreement in which one guarantees to pay a sum of money on or before a specified day:[countable]bought war bonds to support the war effort.
- money paid as a promise to appear in court;
bail:[uncountable]He met bond and was released.
- Chemistry the attraction between atoms in a molecule:[countable]a covalent bond.
- to connect, or bind, or join (two materials): [no object]The two materials will bond if you heat them.[~ + object]Use this glue to bond the two materials.
- Animal Behavior to establish a bond, as between a parent and offspring:[no object]Immediately after birth the baby and its mother bond.
- something that binds, fastens, confines, or holds together.
- a cord, rope, band, or ligament.
- something that binds a person or persons to a certain circumstance or line of behavior:the bond of matrimony.
- something, as an agreement or friendship, that unites individuals or peoples into a group;
covenant:the bond between nations.
- binding security;
firm assurance:My word is my bond.
- Businessa sealed instrument under which a person, corporation, or government guarantees to pay a stated sum of money on or before a specified day.
- any written obligation under seal.
- [Law.]a written promise of a surety.
- Governmentthe state of dutiable goods stored without payment of duties or taxes until withdrawn:goods in bond.
- WineAlso called bonded whiskey. a whiskey that has been aged at least four years in a bonded warehouse before bottling.
- Business[Finance.]a certificate of ownership of a specified portion of a debt due to be paid by a government or corporation to an individual holder and usually bearing a fixed rate of interest.
- a surety agreement.
- Businessthe money deposited, or the promissory arrangement entered into, under any such agreement.
- Buildinga substance that causes particles to adhere;
- Buildingadhesion between two substances or objects, as concrete and reinforcing strands.
- ChemistryAlso called chemical bond. the attraction between atoms in a molecule or crystalline structure. Cf. coordinate bond, covalent bond, electrovalent bond, hydrogen bond, metallic bond.
- PrintingSee bond paper.
- any of various arrangements of bricks, stones, etc., having a regular pattern and intended to increase the strength or enhance the appearance of a construction.
- the overlap of bricks, stones, etc., in a construction so as to increase its strength.
- Electricityan electric conductor placed between adjacent metal parts within a structure, as in a railroad track, aircraft, or house, to prevent the accumulation of static electricity.
- to put (goods, an employee, official, etc.) on or under bond:The company refused to bond a former criminal.
- to connect or bind.
- Business[Finance.]to place a bonded debt on or secure a debt by bonds;
- to join (two materials).
- Building[Masonry.]to lay (bricks, stones, etc.) so as to produce a strong construction.
- Electricityto provide with a bond:to bond a railroad track.
- Psychology, Animal Behavior, Psychologyto establish a close emotional relationship to or with (another):the special period when a mother bonds to her infant.
- Buildingto hold together or cohere, from or as from being bonded, as bricks in a wall or particles in a mass.
- Animal Behavior[Psychol., Animal Behav.]to establish a bonding.
- 1175–1225; Middle English (noun, nominal); variant of band3
- 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged Bond, link, tie agree in referring to a force or influence that unites people. Bond, however, usually emphasizes the strong and enduring quality of affection, whereas tie may refer more esp. to duty, obligation, or responsibility:bonds of memory;
Blessed be the tie that binds;
family ties.A link is a definite connection, though a slighter one;
it may indicate affection or merely some traceable influence or desultory communication:a close link between friends.
bond2 (bond),USA pronunciation [Obs.]
- a serf or slave.
- in serfdom or slavery.
- Old Norse bōndi husbandman, contraction of *bōande, variant of būande, cognate with Old English būend dweller, equivalent. to bū( an) to dwell (see boor) + -end noun, nominal suffix, as in fiend, friend
- Middle English bonde, Old English bonda bef. 1050
Bond (bond),USA pronunciation n.
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