verb (used with object), bound, bind·ing.
verb (used without object), bound, bind·ing.
- binaural alternate loudness balance test,
- binaural diplacusis,
- binchois, gilles,
- bind hand and foot,
- bind over,
- binder twine,
Origin of bind
Examples from the Web for bind
By announcing this meeting with such feel-good publicity, they are placing their successors in quite a bind.Plotting Nicea III Could Be Pope Francis's Masterstroke|Candida Moss|June 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
On Escobar's order, Popeye took Mendoza hostage in the warden's house while Escobar tried to figure his way out of the bind.Pablo Escobar’s Private Prison Is Now Run by Monks for Senior Citizens|Jeff Campagna|June 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It is precisely the ability of WGA to bind to proteins lining the gut that raises concern amongst medical researchers.
Finally, Mandela understood the ties that bind the human spirit.Full Text of President Obama's Eulogy for Nelson Mandela|The Daily Beast|December 10, 2013|DAILY BEAST
“Mandela understood the ties that bind the human spirit,” Obama said.
Failing to induce the Indians to take him, it was decided to try to bind him on his horse and take him along on the hard journey.A Backward Glance at Eighty|Charles A. Murdock
From this come the laws of justice and sympathy which bind together the nations of the Christian world.The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 6 (of 12)|Robert G. Ingersoll
Service such as this, then, finds many to appreciate it and is calculated to bind people closely to us by our good services.De Officiis|Marcus Tullius Cicero
The ties that bind each to his own family are much stronger than the ties that bind them together.Ifugao Law|R. F. Burton
In the midst of such dangers as ours the ties that bind should be stronger than under the ordinary course of life.The Chouans|Honore de Balzac
verb binds, binding or bound
- (tr)to enclose and fasten (the pages of a book) between covers
- (intr)(of a book) to undergo this process
Word Origin for bind
Old English bindan "to tie up with bonds" (literally and figuratively), also "to make captive; to cover with dressings and bandages" (class III strong verb; past tense band, past participle bunden), from Proto-Germanic *bindan (cf. Old Saxon bindan, Old Norse and Old Frisian binda, Old High German binten "to bind," German binden, Gothic bindan), from PIE root *bhendh- "to bind" (see bend). Intransitive sense of "stick together" is from 1670s. Of books, from c.1400.
"anything that binds," in various senses, late Old English, from bind (v.). Meaning "tight or awkward situation" is from 1851.
In addition to the idioms beginning with bind
- bind hand and foot
- bind over
- in a bind
Also see underbound.