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.
A dress bound with a sash.
Bound up their wounds.
Bound by a deep sense of duty; bound by a common interest in sports.
Bind the deal with a down payment.
Was bound out as a servant.
Applied a lubricant to keep the moving parts from binding.
Moved to her home town because of the ties that bind.
A bind halfway up the seam of the skirt.
Just to make the cheese more binding.
I wish I knew why the sewing machine binds up after I use it for a while.
These are the ties that bind.
Gravity binds the planets to the sun.
Frost binds the earth.
To bind the conscience; to bind by kindness; bound by affection; commerce binds nations to each other.
To bind an apprentice; bound out to service.
To bind a belt about one.
To bind a compress upon a wound.
To bind up a wound.
Certain drugs bind the bowels.
The three novels were bound together.
The Maróczy Bind.
Bind the dry ingredients with milk and eggs.
Bound by convention.
To be in a bind.
Bound the prisoner.
Found themselves in a bind when their car broke down.
- to put under legal bond to appear at a specified time and place, as before a law court
Other Word Forms
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 the above verb.