something that binds, fastens, confines, or holds together.
a cord, rope, band, or ligament.
something that binds a person or persons to a certain circumstance or line of behavior: the bond of matrimony.
something, as an agreement or friendship, that unites individuals or peoples into a group; covenant: the bond between nations.
binding security; firm assurance: My word is my bond.
a sealed instrument under which a person, corporation, or government guarantees to pay a stated sum of money on or before a specified day.
any written obligation under seal.
Law. a written promise of a surety.
Government. the state of dutiable goods stored without payment of duties or taxes until withdrawn: goods in bond.
Also called bond·ed whis·key . a whiskey that has been aged at least four years in a bonded warehouse before bottling.
Finance. a certificate of ownership of a specified portion of a debt due to be paid by a government or corporation to an individual holder and usually bearing a fixed rate of interest.
a surety agreement.
the money deposited, or the promissory arrangement entered into, under any such agreement.
a substance that causes particles to adhere; binder.
adhesion between two substances or objects, as concrete and reinforcing strands.
any of various arrangements of bricks, stones, etc., having a regular pattern and intended to increase the strength or enhance the appearance of a construction.
the overlap of bricks, stones, etc., in a construction so as to increase its strength.
Electricity. an electric conductor placed between adjacent metal parts within a structure, as in a railroad track, aircraft, or house, to prevent the accumulation of static electricity.
to put (goods, an employee, official, etc.) on or under bond: The company refused to bond a former criminal.
to connect or bind.
Finance. to place a bonded debt on or secure a debt by bonds; mortgage.
to join (two materials).
Masonry. to lay (bricks, stones, etc.) so as to produce a strong construction.
Electricity. to provide with a bond: to bond a railroad track.
to establish a close emotional relationship to or with (another): the special period when a mother bonds to her infant.
to hold together or cohere, from or as from being bonded, as bricks in a wall or particles in a mass.
Psychology, Animal Behavior. to establish a bonding.
- bond·a·ble, adjective
- bond·er, noun
- bond·less, adjective
Other definitions for bond (2 of 3)
a serf or slave.
in serfdom or slavery.
Other definitions for Bond (3 of 3)
Car·rie (Min·et·ta) [kar-ee mi-net-uh] /ˈkær i ˌmɪˈnɛt ə/ Carrie Jacobs-Bond, 1862–1946, U.S. songwriter and author.
Ju·li·an, 1940–2015, U.S. civil rights leader and politician.
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How to use bond in a sentence
The VW offering also marks test of investor appetite for green bonds from borrowers previously marred by environmental issues.Volkswagen is the latest carmaker to tap the red-hot green-bond market to fund its EV ambitions | Bernhard Warner | September 16, 2020 | Fortune
This made the enzyme very efficient at breaking cysteine’s bond to the thiol.Stinky success: Scientists identify the chemistry of B.O. | Alison Pearce Stevens | September 15, 2020 | Science News For Students
It described investors who were supposed to exert power over governments by selling their bonds, or merely threatening to, and thus making deficit-spending more expensive.America’s $20 trillion debt is getting cheaper as it grows | McKenna Moore | September 12, 2020 | Fortune
By bolstering a bond market that had been in freefall, the federal government offered its largest, most rapid and least encumbered relief to large businesses that already had robust cash reserves.The Big Corporate Rescue and the America That’s Too Small to Save | by Lydia DePillis, Justin Elliott and Paul Kiel | September 12, 2020 | ProPublica
The Fed has purchased just $12 billion through its corporate bond programs through the end of August, far short of the $750 billion maximum.The Big Corporate Rescue and the America That’s Too Small to Save | by Lydia DePillis, Justin Elliott and Paul Kiel | September 12, 2020 | ProPublica
But yes, I pictured a James bond-type just sauntering over to her.‘Archer’ Creator Adam Reed Spills Season 6 Secrets, From Surreal Plotlines to Life Post-ISIS | Marlow Stern | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Failure to bond to their parents was the prominent reason children were being given away.
With no record and no warrants, he was given a four-figure bond by a judge the next morning.
Marriage is a bond and a commitment—marrying yourself is ridiculous because you are already married to yourself.Why Singles Should Say ‘I Don’t’ to The Self-Marriage Movement | Tim Teeman | December 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He was released within the hour without a bond on his own recognizance.
I have written to her, and to Mrs. Coningsby; and she is perfectly free: every bond is relinquished, but that of the heart.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4 | Jane Porter
The bond of marriage seemed an accursed thing, the mere slavery of women.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice | Stephen Leacock
Out of a dark porch, ten paces along bond Street, appeared a burly figure to fall into step a few yards behind Gray.
A lingering hope was dispelled when, looking right and left along bond Street, he failed to perceive the missing pair.
Ten paces along bond Street he encountered a small, stooping figure which became detached from the shadows of a shop door.
British Dictionary definitions for bond (1 of 2)
something that binds, fastens, or holds together, such as a chain or rope
(often plural) something that brings or holds people together; tie: a bond of friendship
(plural) something that restrains or imprisons; captivity or imprisonment
something that governs behaviour; obligation; duty
a written or spoken agreement, esp a promise: marriage bond
adhesive quality or strength
finance a certificate of debt issued in order to raise funds. It carries a fixed rate of interest and is repayable with or without security at a specified future date
law a written acknowledgment of an obligation to pay a sum or to perform a contract
insurance, US and Canadian a policy guaranteeing payment of a stated sum to an employer in compensation for financial losses incurred through illegal or unauthorized acts of an employee
any of various arrangements of bricks or stones in a wall in which they overlap so as to provide strength
See chemical bond
See bond paper
in bond commerce deposited in a bonded warehouse
(also intr) to hold or be held together, as by a rope or an adhesive; bind; connect
aeronautics to join (metallic parts of an aircraft) together such that they are electrically interconnected
to put or hold (goods) in bond
law to place under bond
finance to issue bonds on; mortgage
to arrange (bricks, etc) in a bond
British Dictionary definitions for Bond (2 of 2)
Edward . born 1934, British dramatist: his plays, including Saved (1965), Lear (1971), Restoration (1981), and In the Company of Men (1990), are noted for their violent imagery and socialist commitment
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Scientific definitions for bond
A force of attraction that holds atoms or ions together in a molecule or crystal. Bonds are usually created by a transfer or sharing of one or more electrons. There are single, double, and triple bonds. See also coordinate bond covalent bond ionic bond metallic bond polar bond.
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Cultural definitions for bond
A security issued by a corporation or public body and usually carrying a fixed rate of interest and a set date, called the bond's maturity, for redemption of the principal. Like a stock, a bond is a type of investment, but unlike a stock, a bond has a definite, but not necessarily fixed, yield. Some bonds have a feature known as a call, which gives the borrower an option to pay off the principal of the bond before its maturity, the date when the bond is due to be redeemed. (See municipal bonds and Treasury bills.)
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