bonding

[ bon-ding ]
/ ˈbɒn dɪŋ /

noun

Psychology, Animal Behavior.
  1. a relationship that usually begins at the time of birth between a parent and offspring and that establishes the basis for an ongoing mutual attachment.
  2. the establishment of a pair bond.
a close friendship that develops between adults, often as a result of intense experiences, as those shared in military combat.
Dentistry. a technique or procedure for restoring the discolored or damaged surface of a tooth by coating it with a highly durable resinous material that adheres to the existing enamel.

Nearby words

  1. bonded warehouse,
  2. bonderize,
  3. bondholder,
  4. bondi,
  5. bondi beach,
  6. bondmaid,
  7. bondman,
  8. bonds,
  9. bondservant,
  10. bondslave

Origin of bonding

1670–80, for earlier sense; bond1 + -ing1

bond

1
[ bond ]
/ bɒnd /

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

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.

Origin of bond

1
1175–1225; Middle English (noun); variant of band3

SYNONYMS FOR bond
1. bonds, chains, fetters.

Related forms

Synonym study

3. Bond, link, tie agree in referring to a force or influence that unites people. Bond, however, usually emphasizes the strong and enduring quality of affection, whereas tie may refer more especially to duty, obligation, or responsibility: bonds of memory; Blessed be the tie that binds; family ties. A link is a definite connection, though a slighter one; it may indicate affection or merely some traceable influence or desultory communication: a close link between friends.

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British Dictionary definitions for bonding

bonding

/ (ˈbɒndɪŋ) /

noun

the process by which individuals become emotionally attached to one anotherSee also pair bond

Bond

/ (bɒnd) /

noun

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

bond

/ (bɒnd) /

noun

verb (mainly tr)

Word Origin for bond

C13: from Old Norse band; see band ²

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Word Origin and History for bonding
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Medicine definitions for bonding

bond

[ bŏnd ]

n.

The linkage or force holding two neighboring atoms of a molecule in place and resisting their separation, usually accomplished by the transfer or sharing of one or more electrons or pairs of electrons between the atoms.

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Science definitions for bonding

bond

[ bŏnd ]

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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Culture definitions for bonding

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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