binding

[ bahyn-ding ]
/ ˈbaɪn dɪŋ /

noun

adjective

that binds; restrictive.
having power to bind or oblige; obligatory: a binding promise.

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Origin of binding

Middle English word dating back to 1200–50; see origin at bind, -ing1, -ing2

OTHER WORDS FROM binding

Definition for binding (2 of 2)

Origin of bind

before 1000; Middle English binden (v.), Old English bindan; cognate with Old High German bintan, Old Norse binda, Gothic bindan, Sanskrit bandhati (he) binds

OTHER WORDS FROM bind

bind·a·ble, adjectivemis·bind, verb, mis·bound, mis·bind·ing.re·bind, verb, re·bound, re·bind·ing.

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH bind

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British Dictionary definitions for binding (1 of 2)

binding
/ (ˈbaɪndɪŋ) /

noun

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

adjective

imposing an obligation or dutya binding promise
causing hindrance; restrictive

British Dictionary definitions for binding (2 of 2)

bind
/ (baɪnd) /

verb binds, binding or bound

noun

See also bind over

Word Origin for bind

Old English bindan; related to Old Norse binda, Old High German bintan, Latin offendix band ², Sanskrit badhnāti he binds
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Scientific definitions for binding

bind
[ bīnd ]

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.
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Idioms and Phrases with binding

bind

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