Definitions of bind

  1. To contract; to grow hard or stiff; to become costive; to be obligatory.
  2. To tie together; make fast by tying; fasten; constrain; have moral or legal force; be obligatory.
  3. To put a bandage or a binding on; secure between covers, as the sheets of a book.
  4. To tie, or confine with a cord, band, ligature, chain, etc.; to fetter; to make fast; as, to bind grain in bundles; to bind a prisoner.
  5. To confine, restrain, or hold by physical force or influence of any kind; as, attraction binds the planets to the sun; frost binds the earth, or the streams.
  6. To make fast ( a thing) about or upon something, as by tying; to encircle with something; as, to bind a belt about one; to bind a compress upon a part.
  7. To prevent or restrain from customary or natural action; as, certain drugs bind the bowels.
  8. To sew or fasten together, and inclose in a cover; as, to bind a book.
  9. Fig.: To oblige, restrain, or hold, by authority, law, duty, promise, vow, affection, or other moral tie; as, to bind the conscience; to bind by kindness; bound by affection; commerce binds nations to each other.
  10. To bring ( any one) under definite legal obligations; esp. under the obligation of a bond or covenant.
  11. To cover, as with a bandage; to bandage or dress; - sometimes with up; as, to bind up a wound.
  12. To place under legal obligation to serve; to indenture; as, to bind an apprentice; - sometimes with out; as, bound out to service.
  13. To confine or make fast with a cord or band; confine or hold by physical force; unite by bonds of affection, loyalty, or duty; hold by any moral tie; hinder or restrain; protect or strengthen by a band, border, or cover; fasten together; cause to stick together; to oblige by a promise, law. duty, etc.; to fasten together in a cover, as a book.
  14. To tie or fasten together with a band: to sew a border on: to fasten together ( the leaves of a book) and put a cover on: to oblige by oath or agreement or duty: to restrain: to render hard:- pa. t. and pa. p. bound.
  15. To tie or fasten with a band; sew a binding on; attach covers and back to a book; to restrain; to oblige.
  16. To tie; to confine by any ligature.
  17. To contract; to grow hard or stiff; to cohere or stick together in a mass; as, clay binds by heat.
  18. To exert a binding or restraining influence.
  19. To tie up something; as, to reap and bind; to have the force of a duty or necessity; grow hard or stiff; to stick.
  20. stick to firmly; " Will this wallpaper adhere to the wall?"
  21. cause to be constipated; " These foods tend to constipate you"
  22. form a chemical bond with; " The hydrogen binds the oxygen"
  23. bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted; " He's held by a contract"; " I'll hold you by your promise"
  24. To fasten or secure with a rope, string, or cord; " They tied their victim to the chair"
  25. make fast; tie or secure, with or as if with a rope; " The Chinese would bind the feet of their women"
  26. provide with a binding, as of books
  27. To fasten together with a band; to wrap or gird with a cover or bandage; to confine or restrain with a bond or otherwise; to oblige; to engage; to compel: to confirm or ratify; to make costive; to make hard or firm; to form a border; to fasten with a band or anything that strengthens the edges; to sew together and cover with leather, or anything firm, as a book; to cover or secure by a band; to oblige to serve by contract.
  28. To tie together; to fasten; to confine or restrain; to oblige by a promise, an oath, or an agreement; to form or sew on a border; to render costive or hard.
  29. something that hinders as if with bonds
  30. fasten or secure with a rope, string, or cord; " They tied their victim to the chair"
  31. secure with or as if with ropes; " tie down the prisoners"; " tie up the old newspapes and bring them to the recycling shed"
  32. provide with a binding; " bind the books in leather"
  33. That which binds or ties.
  34. Any twining or climbing plant or stem, esp. a hop vine; a bine.
  35. Indurated clay, when much mixed with the oxide of iron.
  36. A ligature or tie for grouping notes.
  37. Anything which holds or ties; a twining stem; a stalk of hops; a musical sign or brace grouping notes together.
  38. A stalk of hops; the indurated clay of coal- mines. A ligature or tie which groups notes together. A bind of eels, a quantity numbering 250.
  39. The winding or climbing stem of a climbing plant,- thus, hop- bine, the shoots of hops : woodbine, the honeysuckle : bindwood or binwood, in Scot., the ivy : bindweed, a wild plant with twining stems; a convolvulus.
  40. Bound.