bind


1bind

verb \ˈbīnd\

: to tie or wrap (something) with rope, string, etc.

: to tie the hands or feet of a person to prevent escape or movement

of clothing : to prevent free movement by fitting too tightly

bound \ˈband\ bind·ing

Full Definition of BIND

transitive verb
1
a :  to make secure by tying
b :  to confine, restrain, or restrict as if with bonds
c :  to put under an obligation <binds himself with an oath>
d :  to constrain with legal authority
2
a :  to wrap around with something so as to enclose or cover
b :  bandage
3
:  to fasten round about
4
:  to tie together (as stocks of wheat)
5
a :  to cause to stick together
b :  to take up and hold (as by chemical forces) :  combine with
6
7
:  to make a firm commitment for <a handshake binds the deal>
8
:  to protect, strengthen, or decorate by a band or binding
9
:  to apply the parts of the cover to (a book)
10
:  to set at work as an apprentice :  indenture
11
:  to cause to have an emotional attachment
12
:  to fasten together <a pin bound the ends of the scarf>
intransitive verb
1
a :  to form a cohesive mass
b :  to combine or be taken up especially by chemical action <antibody binds to a specific antigen>
2
:  to hamper free movement or natural action
3
:  to become hindered from free operation
4
:  to exert a restraining or compelling effect <a promise that binds>

Examples of BIND

  1. She bound her hair in a ponytail.
  2. The machine binds the hay into bales.
  3. He doesn't like to wear clothes that bind.

Origin of BIND

Middle English, from Old English bindan; akin to Old High German bintan to bind, Greek peisma cable, Sanskrit badhnāti he ties
First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with BIND

2bind

noun

: a difficult situation

: an annoying problem

Full Definition of BIND

1
a :  something that binds
b :  the act of binding :  the state of being bound
c :  a place where binding occurs
2
:  tie 3
3
:  a position or situation in which one is hampered, constrained, or prevented from free movement or action
in a bind
:  in trouble

Examples of BIND

  1. It's a real bind having to meet all these deadlines.
  2. <with our vacation week fast approaching, and no arrangements for the care of our pets, we were in a serious bind>

First Known Use of BIND

before 12th century

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