1. the act of fastening, securing, uniting, or the like.
  2. anything that binds.
  3. the covering within which the leaves of a book are bound.
  4. a strip of material that protects or decorates the edge of a tablecloth, rug, etc.
  5. Skiing. a mechanical device on a ski, usually made of metal, that fastens the boot securely to the ski.
  1. that binds; restrictive.
  2. having power to bind or oblige; obligatory: a binding promise.

Origin of binding

Middle English word dating back to 1200–50; see origin at bind, -ing1, -ing2
Related formsbind·ing·ly, adverbbind·ing·ness, nounnon·bind·ing, adjectivenon·bind·ing·ly, adverbnon·bind·ing·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of nonbinding

  • The guide shown is nonbinding and has been found thoroughly practical after several years' use on furniture.

British Dictionary definitions for nonbinding


  1. anything that binds or fastens
  2. the covering within which the pages of a book are bound
  3. the material or tape used for binding hems, etc
  1. imposing an obligation or dutya binding promise
  2. causing hindrance; restrictive
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Word Origin and History for nonbinding



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper