- the act of fastening, securing, uniting, or the like.
- anything that binds.
- the covering within which the leaves of a book are bound.
- a strip of material that protects or decorates the edge of a tablecloth, rug, etc.
- Skiing. a mechanical device on a ski, usually made of metal, that fastens the boot securely to the ski.
Origin of binding
- to fasten or secure with a band or bond.
- to encircle with a band or ligature: She bound her hair with a ribbon.
- to swathe or bandage (often followed by up): to bind up one's wounds.
- to fasten around; fix in place by girding: They bound his hands behind him.
- to tie up (anything, as sheaves of grain).
- to cause to cohere: Ice bound the soil.
- to unite by any legal or moral tie: to be bound by a contract.
- to hold to a particular state, place, employment, etc.: Business kept him bound to the city.
- to place under obligation or compulsion (usually used passively): We are bound by good sense to obey the country's laws.
- Law. to put under legal obligation, as to keep the peace or appear as a witness (often followed by over): This action binds them to keep the peace. He was bound over to the grand jury.
- to make compulsory or obligatory: to bind the order with a deposit.
- to fasten or secure within a cover, as a book: They will bind the new book in leather.
- to cover the edge of, as for protection or ornament: to bind a carpet.
- (of clothing) to chafe or restrict (the wearer): This shirt binds me under the arms.
- Medicine/Medical. to hinder or restrain (the bowels) from their natural operations; constipate.
- to indenture as an apprentice (often followed by out): In his youth his father bound him to a blacksmith.
- to become compact or solid; cohere.
- to be obligatory: an obligation that binds.
- to chafe or restrict, as poorly fitting garments: This jacket binds through the shoulders.
- to stick fast, as a drill in a hole.
- Falconry. (of a hawk) to grapple or grasp prey firmly in flight.
- the act or process of binding; the state or instance of being bound.
- something that binds.
- Music. a tie, slur, or brace.
- Falconry. the act of binding prey in flight.
- Informal. a difficult situation or predicament: This schedule has us in a bind.
- bind off, Textiles. to loop (one stitch) over another in making an edge on knitted fabric.
Origin of bind
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Examples from the Web for 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
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
- anything that binds or fastens
- the covering within which the pages of a book are bound
- the material or tape used for binding hems, etc
- imposing an obligation or dutya binding promise
- causing hindrance; restrictive
- to make or become fast or secure with or as if with a tie or band
- (tr often foll by up) to encircle or enclose with a bandto bind the hair
- (tr) to place (someone) under obligation; oblige
- (tr) to impose legal obligations or duties upon (a person or party to an agreement)
- (tr) to make (a bargain, agreement, etc) irrevocable; seal
- (tr) to restrain or confine with or as if with ties, as of responsibility or loyalty
- (tr) to place under certain constraints; govern
- (tr often foll by up) to bandage or swatheto bind a wound
- to cohere or stick or cause to cohere or stickegg binds fat and flour
- to make or become compact, stiff, or hardfrost binds the earth
- (tr)to enclose and fasten (the pages of a book) between covers
- (intr)(of a book) to undergo this process
- (tr) to provide (a garment, hem, etc) with a border or edging, as for decoration or to prevent fraying
- (tr; sometimes foll by out or over) to employ as an apprentice; indenture
- (intr) slang to complain
- (tr) logic to bring (a variable) into the scope of an appropriate quantifierSee also bound 1 (def. 9)
- something that binds
- the act of binding or state of being bound
- informal a difficult or annoying situation
- another word for bine
- music another word for tie (def. 17)
- mining clay between layers of coal
- fencing a pushing movement with the blade made to force one's opponent's sword from one line into another
- chess a position in which one player's pawns have a hold on the centre that makes it difficult for the opponent to advance there
Word Origin and History for binding
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.
- To combine with, form a bond with, or be taken up by a chemical or chemical structure. An enzyme, for example, is structured in such a way as to be able to bind with its substrate.
Idioms and Phrases with binding
In addition to the idioms beginning with bind
- bind hand and foot
- bind over
- in a bind
Also see underbound.