Bind definition

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To gird or encircle with a belt, girdle, etc.; wrap or fasten around.
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(chemistry) To combine with, form a chemical bond with, or be taken up by, as an enzyme with its substrate.
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To fasten together the printed pages of (a book) and enclose them within a protective cover.
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To bind is defined as to tie or stick together or hold down.

An example of to bind is using string to tie a bundle of cut flowers together.

An example of to bind is a shared secret forcing a group of people together.

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To fasten or wrap by encircling, as with a belt or ribbon.

A dress bound with a sash.

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To bandage.

Bound up their wounds.

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To compel, constrain, or unite.

Bound by a deep sense of duty; bound by a common interest in sports.

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To make certain or irrevocable.

Bind the deal with a down payment.

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(law) To place under legal obligation.
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To apprentice or indenture.

Was bound out as a servant.

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To tie up or fasten something.
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To stick or become stuck.

Applied a lubricant to keep the moving parts from binding.

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To be uncomfortably tight or restricting, as clothes.
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To become compact or solid; cohere.
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To be compelling, constraining, or unifying.

Moved to her home town because of the ties that bind.

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(chemistry) To combine chemically or form a chemical bond.
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(music) A tie, slur, or brace.
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The act of binding.
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The state of being bound.
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Something that binds.
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A place where something binds.

A bind halfway up the seam of the skirt.

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To subject to a legal obligation.
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A domain name server (DNS) for UNIX operating systems (OSs), BIND was originally written for the BSD (Berkeley Software Distribution) version of UNIX written at the University of California at Berkeley. See also daemon, DNS, OS, and UNIX.
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An implementation of the Domain Name System (DNS) protocols that is open source and provides a redistributable reference implementation of the key components of the DNS. These components include a Domain Name System resolver library, a Domain Name System server, and a number of tools to verify the correct operation of the DNS server. Note that the BIND DNS server is utilized on multitudes of name-serving computers on the Internet. In fact, BIND is touted as the most widely used software on the Internet to provide Domain Name System services and is known for its ability to provide a robust and stable architecture, on top of which an enterprise’s naming architecture can be constructed. Moreover, the Domain Name System resolver library gives the standard APIs, a set of thousands of detailed functions and subroutines that programmers can use to translate domain names and Internet addresses. The resolver library was meant to be linked with applications needing name service. ISC Inc. ISC Inc. Internet Systems Consortium: ISC BIND. [Online, 2004.] ISC Inc. Website. http://www.isc.org/index.pl?/sw/bind/; Spolsky, J. How Microsoft Lost the API War. [Online, June 13, 2004.] Joel Spolsky Website. http://joel.spolsky.com/.
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(intransitive) To tie; to confine by any ligature.
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(intransitive) To cohere or stick together in a mass.

Just to make the cheese more binding.

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(intransitive) To be restrained from motion, or from customary or natural action, as by friction.

I wish I knew why the sewing machine binds up after I use it for a while.

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(intransitive) To exert a binding or restraining influence.

These are the ties that bind.

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To tie or fasten tightly together, with a cord, band, ligature, chain, etc.

To bind grain in bundles; to bind a prisoner.

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To confine, restrain, or hold by physical force or influence of any kind.

Gravity binds the planets to the sun.

Frost binds the earth.

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To couple.
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(figuratively) To oblige, restrain, or hold, by authority, law, duty, promise, vow, affection, or other social tie.

To bind the conscience; to bind by kindness; bound by affection; commerce binds nations to each other.

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(law) To put (a person) under definite legal obligations, especially, under the obligation of a bond or covenant.
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(law) To place under legal obligation to serve.

To bind an apprentice; bound out to service.

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To protect or strengthen by applying a band or binding, as the edge of a carpet or garment.
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(archaic) To make fast (a thing) about or upon something, as by tying; to encircle with something.

To bind a belt about one.

To bind a compress upon a wound.

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(archaic) To cover, as with a bandage.

To bind up a wound.

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(archaic) To prevent or restrain from customary or natural action.

Certain drugs bind the bowels.

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To put together in a cover, as of books.

The three novels were bound together.

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(computing) To associate an identifier with a value; to associate a variable name, method name, etc. with the content of a storage location.
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That which binds or ties.
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A troublesome situation; a problem; a predicament or quandary.
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Any twining or climbing plant or stem, especially a hop vine; a bine.
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(music) A ligature or tie for grouping notes.
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(chess) A strong grip or stranglehold on a position that is difficult for the opponent to break.

The Maróczy Bind.

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To tie together; make fast or tight, as with a rope or band.
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To cause to cohere or stick together in a mass.

Bind the dry ingredients with milk and eggs.

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To constipate.
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To hold or restrain as if tied or tied down.

Bound by convention.

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To bandage.
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To tighten the bowels of; constipate.
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To strengthen, secure, or ornament the edges of by a band, as of tape.
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To secure or make firm (a bargain, contract, etc.)
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To obligate by duty, love, etc.
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To compel, as by oath, legal restraint, or contract.
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To make an apprentice of; indenture.
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To unite or hold, as by a feeling of loyalty or love.
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To do the act of binding.
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To be or become tight, hard, or stiff.
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To be constricting or restricting.
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To stick together.
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To be obligatory or binding in force.
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(informal) A difficult or restrictive situation; jam.

To be in a bind.

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To combine with, form a bond with, or be taken up by a chemical or chemical structure. An enzyme, for example, is structured in such a way as to be able to bind with its substrate.
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To enclose and fasten (the pages of a book or other printed material) between covers.
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To furnish with an edge or border for protection, reinforcement, or ornamentation.
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To tie or secure, as with a rope or cord.
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To hold or restrain by tying with rope or bonds.

Bound the prisoner.

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(informal) A difficult, restrictive, or unresolvable situation.

Found themselves in a bind when their car broke down.

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To make stick together; make cohere.
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Anything that binds.
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bind over
  • to put under legal bond to appear at a specified time and place, as before a law court
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
bind
Plural:
binds

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of bind

  • Middle English binden from Old English bindan bhendh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English binden, from Old English bindan, from Proto-Germanic *bindaną (compare West Frisian bine, Dutch binden, Low German binnen, German binden, Danish binde), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰendʰ- (“to tie”) (compare Welsh benn (“cart”), Latin offendīx (“knot, band”), Lithuanian beñdras (“partner”), Albanian bend (“servant,henchman”), bind (“to convince, persuade, tame”), Ancient Greek πεῖσμα (peisma, “cable, rope”), Sanskrit बध्नाति (badhnāti)).

    From Wiktionary

  • From the above verb.

    From Wiktionary