Definitions for: Bind


[n] something that hinders as if with bonds
[v] cause to be constipated; "These foods tend to constipate you"
[v] form a chemical bond with; "The hydrogen binds the oxygen"
[v] bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted; "He's held by a contract"; "I'll hold you by your promise"
[v] To fasten or secure with a rope, string, or cord; "They tied their victim to the chair"
[v] secure with or as if with ropes; "tie down the prisoners"
[v] make fast; tie or secure, with or as if with a rope; "The Chinese would bind the feet of their women"
[v] wrap around with something so as to cover or enclose
[v] provide with a binding, as of books
[v] stick to firmly; "Will this wallpaper adhere to the wall?"
[v] create social or emotional ties; "The grandparents want to bond with the child"



Webster (1913) Definition: Bind, v. t. [imp. Bound; p. p. Bound, formerly
Bounden; p. pr. & vb. n. Binding.] [AS. bindan, perfect
tense band, bundon, p. p. bunden; akin to D. & G. binden,
Dan. binde, Sw. & Icel. binda, Goth. bindan, Skr. bandh (for
bhandh) to bind, cf. Gr. ? (for ?) cable, and L. offendix.
[root]90.]
1. To tie, or confine with a cord, band, ligature, chain,
etc.; to fetter; to make fast; as, to bind grain in
bundles; to bind a prisoner.

2. To confine, restrain, or hold by physical force or
influence of any kind; as, attraction binds the planets to
the sun; frost binds the earth, or the streams.

He bindeth the floods from overflowing. --Job
xxviii. 11.

Whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years.
--Luke xiii.
16.

3. To cover, as with a bandage; to bandage or dress; --
sometimes with up; as, to bind up a wound.

4. To make fast ( a thing) about or upon something, as by
tying; to encircle with something; as, to bind a belt
about one; to bind a compress upon a part.

5. To prevent or restrain from customary or natural action;
as, certain drugs bind the bowels.

6. To protect or strengthen by a band or binding, as the edge
of a carpet or garment.

7. To sew or fasten together, and inclose in a cover; as, to
bind a book.

8. Fig.: To oblige, restrain, or hold, by authority, law,
duty, promise, vow, affection, or other moral tie; as, to
bind the conscience; to bind by kindness; bound by
affection; commerce binds nations to each other.

Who made our laws to bind us, not himself. --Milton.

9. (Law)
(a) To bring (any one) under definite legal obligations;
esp. under the obligation of a bond or covenant.
--Abbott.
(b) To place under legal obligation to serve; to
indenture; as, to bind an apprentice; -- sometimes
with out; as, bound out to service.

To bind over, to put under bonds to do something, as to
appear at court, to keep the peace, etc.

To bind to, to contract; as, to bind one's self to a wife.


To bind up in, to cause to be wholly engrossed with; to
absorb in.

Syn: To fetter; tie; fasten; restrain; restrict; oblige.


Bind, v. i.
1. To tie; to confine by any ligature.

They that reap must sheaf and bind. --Shak.

2. To contract; to grow hard or stiff; to cohere or stick
together in a mass; as, clay binds by heat. --Mortimer.

3. To be restrained from motion, or from customary or natural
action, as by friction.

4. To exert a binding or restraining influence. --Locke.


Bind, n.
1. That which binds or ties.

2. Any twining or climbing plant or stem, esp. a hop vine; a
bine.

3. (Metal.) Indurated clay, when much mixed with the oxide of
iron. --Kirwan.

4. (Mus.) A ligature or tie for grouping notes.

Synonyms: adhere, attach, bandage, bond, bond, constipate, hold, hold fast, obligate, oblige, stick, stick to, tie, tie

Antonyms: unbind, unbrace, unlace, untie

See Also: adhere, article, attach, balk, band, baulk, befriend, bind, bind, bind off, bond, cement, chain up, check, confine, cord, cover, deterrent, encircle, fasten, fix, fixate, gird, handicap, hindrance, hog-tie, hold, hold fast, impediment, indent, indenture, indispose, knot, lace, lace up, lash, lash together, leash, loop, obstipate, pledge, rebind, relate, relate, restrain, retie, rope, secure, stick, stick to, strap, swaddle, swathe, tie down, tie down, tie up, truss

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