Definitions of bind

  1. stick to firmly; " Will this wallpaper adhere to the wall?"
  2. create social or emotional ties; " The grandparents want to bond with the child"
  3. wrap around with something so as to cover or enclose
  4. something that hinders as if with bonds
  5. cause to be constipated; " These foods tend to constipate you"
  6. form a chemical bond with; " The hydrogen binds the oxygen"
  7. bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted; " He's held by a contract"; " I'll hold you by your promise"
  8. To fasten or secure with a rope, string, or cord; " They tied their victim to the chair"
  9. make fast; tie or secure, with or as if with a rope; " The Chinese would bind the feet of their women"
  10. provide with a binding, as of books
  11. fasten or secure with a rope, string, or cord; " They tied their victim to the chair"
  12. secure with or as if with ropes; " tie down the prisoners"; " tie up the old newspapes and bring them to the recycling shed"
  13. provide with a binding; " bind the books in leather"
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. To prevent or restrain from customary or natural action; as, certain drugs bind the bowels.
  18. To sew or fasten together, and inclose in a cover; as, to bind a book.
  19. 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.
  20. To bring ( any one) under definite legal obligations; esp. under the obligation of a bond or covenant.
  21. To tie; to confine by any ligature.
  22. To contract; to grow hard or stiff; to cohere or stick together in a mass; as, clay binds by heat.
  23. To exert a binding or restraining influence.
  24. That which binds or ties.
  25. Any twining or climbing plant or stem, esp. a hop vine; a bine.
  26. Indurated clay, when much mixed with the oxide of iron.
  27. A ligature or tie for grouping notes.
  28. To cover, as with a bandage; to bandage or dress; - sometimes with up; as, to bind up a wound.
  29. To place under legal obligation to serve; to indenture; as, to bind an apprentice; - sometimes with out; as, bound out to service.
  30. 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.
  31. To tie up something; as, to reap and bind; to have the force of a duty or necessity; grow hard or stiff; to stick.
  32. Anything which holds or ties; a twining stem; a stalk of hops; a musical sign or brace grouping notes together.
  33. Bound.
  34. Binding.
  35. 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.
  36. To tie or fasten with a band; sew a binding on; attach covers and back to a book; to restrain; to oblige.
  37. To tie together; make fast by tying; fasten; constrain; have moral or legal force; be obligatory.
  38. To put a bandage or a binding on; secure between covers, as the sheets of a book.
  39. 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.
  40. 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.
  41. To contract; to grow hard or stiff; to become costive; to be obligatory.
  42. 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.
  43. 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.

Usage examples for bind

  1. Take the rascal down and bind him fast to the gallows- tree against our return. – Robin Hood by J. Walker McSpadden
  2. If love could not bind thee to me, then shall care be taken that thou strayest not again from thy home. – Desert Love by Joan Conquest
  3. Little could be done save to force the shattered bones back into place and bind the whole up firmly. – Boy Scouts in Mexico; or On Guard with Uncle Sam by G. Harvey Ralphson
  4. He is subject to no bonds such as those which bind other men. – Autobiography of Anthony Trollope by Anthony Trollope
  5. I had no time to bind them together, for he came in. – The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume
  6. B is a small block of iron inserted so that the key may bind the brasses in the strap and P P is one parallel piece, the other being hidden beneath the key and gib. – Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II by Joshua Rose
  7. I'll stop somewhere soon and bind it up. – The Chase of the Golden Plate by Jacques Futrelle
  8. Some foolish person thought it necessary to bind the members by an oath. – A Short History of English Liberalism by Walter Lyon Blease
  9. To be content to bind America by laws of trade. – The Constitutional History of England From 1760 to 1860 by Charles Duke Yonge
  10. It is on this account that I do not wish to live,- though there be other reasons also,- because I do not live according to the obligations which bind me to Thee. – The Life of St. Teresa of Jesus by Teresa of Avila
  11. You will take my daughter, treat her well, and that will bind us more closely together. – The Myth of Hiawatha, and Other Oral Legends, Mythologic and Allegoric, of the North American Indians by Henry R. Schoolcraft
  12. The young governess had no remaining ties to bind her to England. – Stories and Sketches by Harriet S. Caswell
  13. I have of course asked him, Klaus Heinrich, but you know he cannot bind himself. – Royal Highness by Thomas Mann
  14. Others bind a bit of red cloth round the brow. – First Footsteps in East Africa or, an Exploration of Harar by Richard F. Burton
  15. He did not bind himself to return. – History of the United Netherlands, 1586-89, Vol. II. Complete by John Lothrop Motley Last Updated: February 7, 2009
  16. For the first time he fully perceived how a single thoughtless action may bind all one's future existence. – At the Sign of the Jack O'Lantern by Myrtle Reed
  17. As we bind so may we find. – Routledge's Manual of Etiquette by George Routledge