Origin of binder

before 1000; Middle English, Old English; see bind, -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for binder

folder, notebook, band, frame

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Contemporary Examples of binder

Historical Examples of binder

  • The most widely used method is to mix clay or other binder with the sand.

  • This is especially necessary when the binder is of inferior quality.

  • The table, the press, the binder were each in their proper place.

    The Crevice

    William John Burns and Isabel Ostrander

  • So, here's Binder and a neatly wrapped-up package of a folktale of the future.

  • When sending a book to the binder, definite instructions should always be enclosed.

British Dictionary definitions for binder



a firm cover or folder with rings or clasps for holding loose sheets of paper together
a material used to bind separate particles together, give an appropriate consistency, or facilitate adhesion to a surface
  1. a person who binds books; bookbinder
  2. a machine that is used to bind books
something used to fasten or tie, such as rope or twine
NZ informal a square meal
Also called: reaper binder obsolete a machine for cutting grain and binding it into bundles or sheavesCompare combine harvester
an informal agreement giving insurance coverage pending formal issue of a policy
a tie, beam, or girder, used to support floor joists
a stone for binding masonry; bondstone
the nonvolatile component of the organic media in which pigments are dispersed in paint
(in systemic grammar) a word that introduces a bound clause; a subordinating conjunction or a relative pronounCompare linker (def. 2)
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Word Origin and History for binder

Old English bindere "one who binds" (see bind). Of various objects or products that bind, from early 16c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

binder in Medicine




A broad bandage, especially one encircling the abdomen.
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