Definitions for bindbaɪnd

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

bindbaɪnd(v.; n.)bound, bind•ing

  1. (v.t.)to fasten or secure with or as if with a band.

  2. to encircle with a band or ligature:

    to bind one's hair with a ribbon.

  3. to bandage (often fol. by up):

    to bind up one's wounds.

  4. to fix in place by girding:

    They bound his hands behind him.

  5. to cause to cohere:

    Ice bound the soil.

  6. to unite by any legal or moral tie:

    to be bound by a contract.

  7. to place under obligation (usu. used passively):

    We are bound to obey the laws.

  8. to put under legal obligation, as to appear as witness:

    to be bound over to the grand jury.

    Category: Law

  9. to make binding on both buyer and seller:

    to bind an order with a deposit.

  10. to secure within a cover:

    to bind a book in leather.

    Category: Printing

  11. to cover the edge of:

    to bind a carpet.

  12. (of clothing) to chafe or restrict (the wearer).

  13. to constipate.

    Category: Medicine

  14. to indenture as an apprentice:

    bound as a child to a blacksmith.

  15. (v.i.)to become compact or solid; cohere.

  16. to be obligatory.

  17. to chafe or restrict, as poorly fitting garments.

  18. to stick fast, as a drill in a hole.

  19. bind off,

    Category: Textiles, Verb Phrase

    Ref: cast (def. 35d). 43 4

  20. (n.)the act of binding, or the state of being bound.

  21. something that binds.

  22. a difficult situation or predicament:

    This schedule has us in a bind.

Origin of bind:

bef. 1000; ME; OE bindan


Princeton's WordNet

  1. bind(verb)

    something that hinders as if with bonds

  2. adhere, hold fast, bond, bind, stick, stick to(verb)

    stick to firmly

    "Will this wallpaper adhere to the wall?"

  3. bind, tie, attach, bond(verb)

    create social or emotional ties

    "The grandparents want to bond with the child"

  4. bind(verb)

    make fast; tie or secure, with or as if with a rope

    "The Chinese would bind the feet of their women"

  5. bind, bandage(verb)

    wrap around with something so as to cover or enclose

  6. tie down, tie up, bind, truss(verb)

    secure with or as if with ropes

    "tie down the prisoners"; "tie up the old newspapers and bring them to the recycling shed"

  7. oblige, bind, hold, obligate(verb)

    bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted

    "He's held by a contract"; "I'll hold you by your promise"

  8. bind(verb)

    provide with a binding

    "bind the books in leather"

  9. tie, bind(verb)

    fasten or secure with a rope, string, or cord

    "They tied their victim to the chair"

  10. bind(verb)

    form a chemical bond with

    "The hydrogen binds the oxygen"

  11. constipate, bind(verb)

    cause to be constipated

    "These foods tend to constipate you"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. bind(verb)ɪnd

    to tie sth by wrapping

    Someone had bound their hands together with rope.

  2. bindɪnd

    to limit sb's actions

    bound, by law, to report the incident

  3. bindɪnd

    to cause sb to feel closer emotionally

    Hardships often bind communities together.


  1. bind(Noun)

    That which binds or ties.

  2. bind(Noun)

    A troublesome situation; a problem; a predicament or quandary.

  3. bind(Noun)

    Any twining or climbing plant or stem, especially a hop vine; a bine.

  4. bind(Noun)

    A ligature or tie for grouping notes.

  5. bind(Verb)

    To connect

  6. bind(Verb)

    To couple

  7. bind(Verb)

    To put together in a cover, as of books

  8. bind(Verb)

    to associate an identifier with a value; to associate a variable name with the content of a storage location

  9. Origin: From bindan, from bindanan (compare West Frisian bine, Dutch/German binden), from bhendh- 'to tie' (compare Welsh benn 'cart', Latin offendix 'knot, band', Lithuanian beñdras 'partner', Albanian bend, bind, Ancient Greek πεῖσμα, Sanskrit badhnāti 'he binds').

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bind(verb)

    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

  2. Bind(verb)

    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

  3. Bind(verb)

    to cover, as with a bandage; to bandage or dress; -- sometimes with up; as, to bind up a wound

  4. Bind(verb)

    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

  5. Bind(verb)

    to prevent or restrain from customary or natural action; as, certain drugs bind the bowels

  6. Bind(verb)

    to protect or strengthen by a band or binding, as the edge of a carpet or garment

  7. Bind(verb)

    to sew or fasten together, and inclose in a cover; as, to bind a book

  8. Bind(verb)

    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

  9. Bind(verb)

    to bring (any one) under definite legal obligations; esp. under the obligation of a bond or covenant

  10. Bind(verb)

    to place under legal obligation to serve; to indenture; as, to bind an apprentice; -- sometimes with out; as, bound out to service

  11. Bind(verb)

    to tie; to confine by any ligature

  12. Bind(verb)

    to contract; to grow hard or stiff; to cohere or stick together in a mass; as, clay binds by heat

  13. Bind(verb)

    to be restrained from motion, or from customary or natural action, as by friction

  14. Bind(verb)

    to exert a binding or restraining influence

  15. Bind(noun)

    that which binds or ties

  16. Bind(noun)

    any twining or climbing plant or stem, esp. a hop vine; a bine

  17. Bind(noun)

    indurated clay, when much mixed with the oxide of iron

  18. Bind(noun)

    a ligature or tie for grouping notes


  1. BIND

    BIND, or named, is the most widely used DNS software on the Internet. On Unix-like operating systems it is the de facto standard. Originally written by four graduate students at the Computer Systems Research Group at the University of California, Berkeley, the name originates as an acronym from Berkeley Internet Name Domain, reflecting the application's use within UCB. BIND was first released with Berkeley Software Distribution 4.3BSD, and as such, it is free and open source software. Paul Vixie started maintaining it in 1988 while working for Digital Equipment Corporation. As of 2012, the Internet Systems Consortium maintains, updates, and writes new versions of BIND.

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'bind' in Verbs Frequency: #417

Anagrams of bind

  1. INBD

Translations for bind

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to tie up

The doctor bound up the patient's leg with a bandage; The robbers bound up the bank manager with rope.

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