For the verb: "to bond"

Present Participle: bonding

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
bond•ing  (bonding),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Psychology
    • 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.
  2. Psychologya close friendship that develops between adults, often as a result of intense experiences, as those shared in military combat.
  3. 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

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
bond1 /bɑnd/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. something that binds or holds together:[countable]This superglue creates a bond strong enough to hold five hundred pounds.
  2. 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.
  3. [countable;  usually singular] firm assurance or promise: My word is my bond.
  4. 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.
  5. money paid as a promise to appear in court;
    bail:[uncountable]He met bond and was released.
  6. Chemistry the attraction between atoms in a molecule:[countable]a covalent bond.

  1. 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.
  2. Animal Behavior to establish a bond, as between a parent and offspring:[no object]Immediately after birth the baby and its mother bond.
bond•ing, n. [uncountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
bond1  (bond),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. something that binds, fastens, confines, or holds together.
  2. a cord, rope, band, or ligament.
  3. something that binds a person or persons to a certain circumstance or line of behavior:the bond of matrimony.
  4. something, as an agreement or friendship, that unites individuals or peoples into a group;
    covenant:the bond between nations.
  5. binding security;
    firm assurance:My word is my bond.
  6. Businessa sealed instrument under which a person, corporation, or government guarantees to pay a stated sum of money on or before a specified day.
  7. any written obligation under seal.
  8. [Law.]a written promise of a surety.
  9. Governmentthe state of dutiable goods stored without payment of duties or taxes until withdrawn:goods in bond.
  10. WineAlso called  bonded whiskey. a whiskey that has been aged at least four years in a bonded warehouse before bottling.
  11. 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.
  12. Business[Insurance.]
    • a surety agreement.
    • Businessthe money deposited, or the promissory arrangement entered into, under any such agreement.
  13. Buildinga substance that causes particles to adhere;
  14. Buildingadhesion between two substances or objects, as concrete and reinforcing strands.
  15. 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.
  16. PrintingSee  bond paper. 
  17. Building[Masonry.]
    • 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.
  18. 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.
  19. [Obs.]bondsman1.

  1. to put (goods, an employee, official, etc.) on or under bond:The company refused to bond a former criminal.
  2. to connect or bind.
  3. Business[Finance.]to place a bonded debt on or secure a debt by bonds;
  4. to join (two materials).
  5. Building[Masonry.]to lay (bricks, stones, etc.) so as to produce a strong construction.
  6. Electricityto provide with a bond:to bond a railroad track.
  7. Psychology, Animal Behavior, Psychologyto establish a close emotional relationship to or with (another):the special period when a mother bonds to her infant.

  1. Buildingto hold together or cohere, from or as from being bonded, as bricks in a wall or particles in a mass.
  2. Animal Behavior[Psychol., Animal Behav.]to establish a bonding.
bonda•ble, adj. 
bond′a•bili•ty, n. 
bonder, n. 
bondless, adj. 
  • 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.
      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.]
  1. a serf or slave.

  1. in serfdom or slavery.
  • Old Norse bōndi husbandman, contraction of *bōande, variant of būande, cognate with Old English būend dweller, equivalent. to ( 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. 
  1. BiographicalCarrie (nee  Jacobs ), 1862–1946, U.S. songwriter and author.
  2. BiographicalJulian, born 1940, U.S. civil-rights leader and politician.

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bonding /ˈbɒndɪŋ/ n
  1. the process by which individuals become emotionally attached to one another

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