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Meaning of binder

bind•er

Pronunciation: (bīn'dur), [key]
— n.
  1. a person or thing that binds.
  2. a detachable cover, resembling the cover of a notebook or book, with clasps or rings for holding loose papers together: a three-ring binder.
  3. a person who binds books; a bookbinder.
  4. an agreement by which property or liability coverage is granted pending issuance of a policy.
    1. an attachment to a harvester or reaper for binding the cut grain.
    2. Also calledself-binder.a machine that cuts and binds grain.
  5. any substance that causes the components of a mixture to cohere.
  6. a vehicle in which pigment is suspended.
  7. (in powder metallurgy) a substance for holding compacted metal powder together while it is being sintered.
    1. a stone, as a perpend, for bonding masonry.
    2. a girder supporting the ends of two sets of floor joists.
    3. a material for holding loose material together, as in a macadamized road.
    4. stirrup (def. 5).
  8. a large quantity, esp. of food.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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