What does bind mean?

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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"


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bind

    bīnd, v.t. to tie or fasten together with a band (with to, upon): to encircle round (with about, with): to sew a border on: to tie up or bandage a limb, or the like: to fasten together (the leaves of a book) and put a cover on: to lay under obligation to answer a charge: to oblige by oath or promise to or from an action: to restrain, to make fast any one—also of disease, a magic spell, a passion, &c.: to hold or cement firmly: to render hard.—v.i. to produce constipation:—pa.t. and pa.p. bound.—n. a stalk of hops, so called from its twining or binding itself round a pole or tree: the indurated clay of coal-mines: (mus.) the tie for grouping notes together.—ns. Bind′er, one who binds, as books or sheaves: an attachment to a reaping-machine for tying the bundles of grain cut and thrown off, a reaping-machine provided with such; Bind′ery (U.S.), a bookbinder's establishment.—adj. Bind′ing, restraining: obligatory.—n. the act of binding: anything that binds: the covering of a book.—ns. Bind′weed, the convolvulus, a genus of plants, so called from their twining or binding; Bine, the slender stem of a climbing plant.—I dare or will be bound, I will be responsible for the statement. [A.S. bindan; cog. with Ger. binden, Sans. bandh.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. bind

    A quantity of eels, containing 10 sticks of 25 each.

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bind in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bind in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of bind in a Sentence

  1. Henry Van Dyke:

    Self is the only prison that can bind the soul.

  2. Job 3831 Bible:

    Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion


    It's not the passion that unites, rather its the vulnerabilities that bind Us!

  4. Steve Harrington:

    Who can more softly bind the wound of another as he who has felt the same wound himself ?

  5. Robert Burton:

    No cord or cable can draw so forcibly, or bind so fast, as love can do with a single thread.

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