bind: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (bīnd), [key]
— v., n. bound, bind•ing,
- to fasten or secure with a band or bond.
- to encircle with a band or ligature: She bound her hair with a ribbon.
- to swathe or bandage (often fol. by up): to bind up one's wounds.
- to fasten around; fix in place by girding: They bound his hands behind him.
- to tie up (anything, as sheaves of grain).
- to cause to cohere: Ice bound the soil.
- to unite by any legal or moral tie: to be bound by a contract.
- to hold to a particular state, place, employment, etc.: Business kept him bound to the city.
- to place under obligation or compulsion (usually used passively): We are bound by good sense to obey the country's laws.
- to 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.
- to make compulsory or obligatory: to bind the order with a deposit.
- to fasten or secure within a cover, as a book: They will bind the new book in leather.
- to cover the edge of, as for protection or ornament: to bind a carpet.
- (of clothing) to chafe or restrict (the wearer): This shirt binds me under the arms.
- to hinder or restrain (the bowels) from their natural operations; constipate.
- to indenture as an apprentice (often fol. by out): In his youth his father bound him to a blacksmith.
- to become compact or solid; cohere.
- to be obligatory: an obligation that binds.
- to chafe or restrict, as poorly fitting garments: This jacket binds through the shoulders.
- to stick fast, as a drill in a hole.
- (of a hawk) to grapple or grasp prey firmly in flight.
- to loop (one stitch) over another in making an edge on knitted fabric.
- the act or process of binding; the state or instance of being bound.
- something that binds.
- a tie, slur, or brace.
- the act of binding.
- a difficult situation or predicament: This schedule has us in a bind.
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