Definitions for: Bond

[n] a connection that fastens things together
[n] a restraint that confines or restricts freedom (especially something used to tie down or restrain a prisoner)
[n] the property of sticking together (as of glue and wood) or the joining of surfaces of different composition
[n] British secret operative 007 in novels by Ian Fleming
[n] United States civil rights leader who was elected to the legislature in Georgia but was barred from taking his seat because he opposed the Vietnam War (born 1940)
[n] an electrical force linking atoms
[n] (criminal law) money that must be forfeited by the bondsman if an accused person fails to appear in court for trial; "the judge set bail at $10,000"; "a $10,000 bond was furnished by an alderman"
[n] a certificate of debt (usually interest-bearing or discounted) that is issued by a government or corporation in order to raise money
[n] a connection based on kinship or marriage or common interest; "the shifting alliances within a large family"; "their friendship constitutes a powerful bond between them"
[n] a superior quality of strong durable white writing paper; originally made for printing documents
[adj] held in slavery; "born of enslaved parents"
[v] stick to firmly; "Will this wallpaper adhere to the wall?"
[v] bring together in a common cause or emotion; "The death of their child had drawn them together"
[v] issue bonds on
[v] create social or emotional ties; "The grandparents want to bond with the child"

Webster (1913) Definition: Bond, n. [The same word as band. Cf. Band, Bend.]
1. That which binds, ties, fastens, or confines, or by which
anything is fastened or bound, as a cord, chain, etc.; a
band; a ligament; a shackle or a manacle.

Gnawing with my teeth my bonds in sunder, I gained
my freedom. --Shak.

2. pl. The state of being bound; imprisonment; captivity,
restraint. ``This man doeth nothing worthy of death or of
bonds.'' --Acts xxvi.

3. A binding force or influence; a cause of union; a uniting
tie; as, the bonds of fellowship.

A people with whom I have no tie but the common bond
of mankind. --Burke.

4. Moral or political duty or obligation.

I love your majesty According to my bond, nor more
nor less. --Shak.

5. (Law) A writing under seal, by which a person binds
himself, his heirs, executors, and administrators, to pay
a certain sum on or before a future day appointed. This is
a single bond. But usually a condition is added, that, if
the obligor shall do a certain act, appear at a certain
place, conform to certain rules, faithfully perform
certain duties, or pay a certain sum of money, on or
before a time specified, the obligation shall be void;
otherwise it shall remain in full force. If the condition
is not performed, the bond becomes forfeited, and the
obligor and his heirs are liable to the payment of the
whole sum. --Bouvier. --Wharton.

6. An instrument (of the nature of the ordinary legal bond)
made by a government or a corporation for purpose of
borrowing money; as, a government, city, or railway bond.

7. The state of goods placed in a bonded warehouse till the
duties are paid; as, merchandise in bond.

8. (Arch.) The union or tie of the several stones or bricks
forming a wall. The bricks may be arranged for this
purpose in several different ways, as in English or block
bond (Fig. 1), where one course consists of bricks with
their ends toward the face of the wall, called headers,
and the next course of bricks with their lengths parallel
to the face of the wall, called stretchers; Flemish bond
(Fig.2), where each course consists of headers and
stretchers alternately, so laid as always to break joints;
Cross bond, which differs from the English by the change
of the second stretcher line so that its joints come in
the middle of the first, and the same position of
stretchers comes back every fifth line; Combined cross and
English bond, where the inner part of the wall is laid in
the one method, the outer in the other.

9. (Chem.) A unit of chemical attraction; as, oxygen has two
bonds of affinity. It is often represented in graphic
formul[ae] by a short line or dash. See Diagram of
Benzene nucleus, and Valence.

Arbitration bond. See under Arbitration.

Bond crediter (Law), a creditor whose debt is secured by a
bond. --Blackstone.

Bond debt (Law), a debt contracted under the obligation of
a bond. --Burrows.

Bond (or lap) of a slate, the distance between the top
of one slate and the bottom or drip of the second slate
above, i. e., the space which is covered with three
thicknesses; also, the distance between the nail of the
under slate and the lower edge of the upper slate.

Bond timber, timber worked into a wall to tie or strengthen
it longitudinally.

Syn: Chains; fetters; captivity; imprisonment.

Bond (b[o^]nd), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bonded; p. pr. &
vb. n. Bonding.]
1. To place under the conditions of a bond; to mortgage; to
secure the payment of the duties on (goods or merchandise)
by giving a bond.

2. (Arch.) To dispose in building, as the materials of a
wall, so as to secure solidity.

Bond, n. [OE. bond, bonde, peasant, serf, AS. bonda,
bunda, husband, bouseholder, from Icel. b[=o]ndi husbandman,
for b[=u]andi, fr. b[=u]a to dwell. See Boor, Husband.]
A vassal or serf; a slave. [Obs. or Archaic]

Bond, a.
In a state of servitude or slavery; captive.

By one Spirit are we all baptized .. whether we be Jews
or Bentiles, whether we be bond or free. --1 Cor. xii.

Bond, n.
1. (Elec.) A heavy copper wire or rod connecting adjacent
rails of an electric railway track when used as a part of
the electric circuit.

2. League; association; confederacy. [South Africa]

The Africander Bond, a league or association
appealing to African, but practically to Boer,
patriotism. --James Bryce.

Synonyms: adhere, adherence, adhesion, adhesiveness, alliance, attach, attachment, bail, bail bond, bind, bind, bond certificate, bond paper, bring together, chemical bond, draw together, enslaved, enthralled, hamper, hold fast, in bondage, James Bond, Julian Bond, shackle, slave(a), stick, stick to, tie, trammel, trammels

See Also: attach, attraction, attractive force, ball and chain, bearer bond, befriend, bond issue, certificate, certificate of indebtedness, chain, chains, character, civil rights leader, civil rights worker, connect, connectedness, connecter, connection, connection, connective, connector, connexion, connexion, constraint, convertible bond, corporate bond, coupon bond, covalent bond, cross-link, cross-linkage, cuff, cuffs, debenture, debenture bond, debt instrument, electrostatic bond, electrovalent bond, fetter, fictional character, fictitious character, fixate, government bond, handcuff, handcuffs, handlock, hobble, hydrogen bond, ionic bond, iron, irons, junk bond, ligament, link, link up, manacle, metallic bond, mortgage, municipal bond, noncallable bond, peptide bond, peptide linkage, performance bond, post-obit bond, Premium Bond, recognisance, recognizance, registered bond, relate, restraint, revenue bond, secured bond, security, stickiness, surety bond, tie, unsecured bond, writing paper, zero coupon bond

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