Origin of binding
verb (used with object), bound, bind·ing.
verb (used without object), bound, bind·ing.
Origin of bind
Synonyms for bind
Antonyms for bind
Related Words for bindingrequired, mandatory, irrevocable, conclusive, requisite, imperative, essential, indentured, fastened, tied, tying, enslaved, attached, limiting, adhesive, wrapper, jacket, fastener, tie, belt
Examples from the Web for binding
Contemporary Examples of binding
Binding the resolution of my case to progress in the nuclear negotiations is profoundly unjust.An American Marine in Iran’s Prisons Goes on Hunger Strike
December 18, 2014
That ruling is binding law in the United States, no matter what the former vice president says.Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows: Dec. 14
December 14, 2014
It was done after we had received a binding legal opinion from Justice and approval from the White House to proceed.CIA Interrogation Chief: ‘Rectal Feeding,’ Broken Limbs Are News to Me
December 11, 2014
While a good start, some security experts say the guidelines should be binding.How Your Pacemaker Will Get Hacked
Kaiser Health News
November 17, 2014
Next, Labour established, in law, binding Sharia tribunals that Muslims could attend instead of normal British courts.How Britain Made James Foley's Killer
August 27, 2014
Historical Examples of binding
They were in the wheat-field, busy with the last sheaves; she raking and he binding.Beauty and The Beast, and Tales From Home
I would like to know whether you are going to have a binding for Young People.
It doesn't mean anything; that is, it is not binding legally, of course.Mary-'Gusta
Joseph C. Lincoln
In name at least you are king, and your signature is binding upon my subjects.The Historical Nights' Entertainment
A Muslim marriage is not binding upon a Christian, and I shall account it no marriage.The Sea-Hawk
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
mid-13c., verbal noun from bind (v.). Meaning "thing that binds" is from c.1300; "state of being bound" is from late 14c. Meaning "covering of a book" is recorded from 1640s.
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.