bind

verb
\ ˈbīnd How to pronounce bind (audio) \
bound\ ˈbau̇nd How to pronounce bound (audio) \; binding

Definition of bind

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to make secure by tying His hands were bound with rope.
b : to confine, restrain, or restrict as if with bonds … she was not wholly bound in mind by her middle-class existence— Delmore Schwartz
c : to put under an obligation binds himself with an oath
d : to constrain with legal authority The court's decision binds them to pay the fine.
2a : to wrap around with something so as to enclose or cover A silk sash bound her waist.
b : bandage bind their wounds
3 : to fasten round about when wreaths of laurel bound them
4 : to tie together binding the wheat into sheaves
5a : to cause to stick together tuna and celery bound by mayonnaise
b : to take up and hold (as by chemical forces) : combine with cellulose binds water
6 : constipate Cheese tends to bind him.
7 : to make a firm commitment for a handshake binds the deal
8 : to protect, strengthen, or decorate by a band or binding a carpet bound with a gold edging
9 : to apply the parts of the cover to (a book)
10 : to set at work as an apprentice : indenture He was bound out to a tailor for one year.
11 : to cause to have an emotional attachment the emotional ties that bind us
12 : to fasten together a pin bound the ends of the scarf

intransitive verb

1a : to form a cohesive mass A little milk will help the ingredients bind.
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 shorts that are guaranteed not to bind
3 : to become hindered from free operation Rust caused the door to bind in its frame.
4 : to exert a restraining or compelling effect a promise that binds

bind

noun

Definition of bind (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : something that binds
b : the act of binding : the state of being bound
c : a place where binding occurs
2 music : tie sense 3
3 : a position or situation in which one is hampered, constrained, or prevented from free movement or action got a bind on his opponent
in a bind
: in trouble seem to have gotten myself in a bind

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Examples of bind in a Sentence

Verb

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

Noun

It's a real bind having to meet all these deadlines. with our vacation week fast approaching, and no arrangements for the care of our pets, we were in a serious bind
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Marinating foods bound for the grill can alleviate this somewhat, but the best remedy is to keep careful watch to make sure your food cooks evenly but doesn’t burn. Alix Wall, sun-sentinel.com, "Some much-loved American Jewish classic foods may increase risk of cancer," 10 July 2019 After earning his 23rd save in 23 chances in Sunday’s 1-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals, Smith hopped aboard a flight bound for Cleveland. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "Will Smith’s ‘flawless’ season taking the torture out of the Giants’ save situations," 9 July 2019 The southern resident killer whale population historically frequented interior waters to feed on the early summer runs of salmon bound for the Fraser River in Canada. Gabrielle Sorto, CNN, "A female baby orca has been born. This is good news since only 76 whales are left," 8 July 2019 One of his final films as a producer was 2006's The Last Train, the story of the final journey of a group of prisoners in a rail car in 1945 bound for Auschwitz. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, "Artur Brauner, Holocaust Survivor and German Film Producer, Dies at 100," 7 July 2019 The firm’s work includes securing giant wind turbines on ships bound for Chinese partners in Africa. The Economist, "China’s maritime expansion reflects a curious mix of ambition and paranoia," 4 July 2019 That same month on May 14, seven blacks and six whites got on a bus in Washington, D.C., bound for New Orleans. Lee Roop | Lroop@al.com, al.com, "Kennedy wanted Apollo to help integrate the South, but did it work?," 2 July 2019 In January, a Hi Fly plane took off from Lisbon, bound for Brazil. Hannah Whitaker, National Geographic, "Why carrying your own fork and spoon helps solve the plastic crisis," 28 June 2019 The lawsuit follows the courier’s apology to Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei over diverting two of the Chinese company’s packages from Japan that were bound for its offices in China, but were instead redirected to the US. Jane Li, Quartz, "US trade restrictions have gone from being a headache to a migraine for FedEx," 26 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In a bind to either back the Senate bill or worsen a standoff between the chambers of Congress, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi opted to hold a vote on the Senate legislation Thursday. Justin Wingerter, The Denver Post, "Colorado Democrats split on border spending; ICE stops reported in Denver area," 28 June 2019 This could put African nations in a bind, forcing them to choose between European and American telecommunications providers and Chinese tech giants, the latter of whom are significantly subsidizing Africa’s telecom and internet infrastructure. Abdi Latif Dahir, Quartz Africa, "The African Union is doubling down on deepening its relationship with Huawei," 31 May 2019 Our bodies produce their own cannabinoids, explains Dr. Parodneck, which bind to receptors all over our bodies. Stephanie Dolgoff, Good Housekeeping, "Does CBD Oil Work for Anxiety? I Tried It to Find Out," 13 May 2019 But if oil prices continue to rise, Mr. Mann said, long-haul low-cost airlines like Norwegian could be caught in a financial bind and struggle to keep their fares so low. New York Times, "Paris Beckons as a Fare War Turns Europe Into a Bargain," 2 July 2018 Lacking antibodies from vaccines or earlier infections, the human immune system relies on T cells, which attack foreign proteins, and human leukocyte antigens (HLAs) which bind to short pieces of viral proteins. Quanta Magazine, "Decoding Flu Viruses Before an Outbreak," 29 Aug. 2013 Few visitors to the Maldives know about the rich heritage and fascinating past that bind 1,192 coral islands isolated in the Indian Ocean together as a nation. Lindsay Silberman, Town & Country, "The Best Room At...Baros Maldives," 4 May 2019 Our endogenous cannabinoid system, which is named after the cannabis plant, is an important physiologic system in the body which phytocannabinoids in the cannabis plant, such as THC and CBD, bind to, producing a myriad of experiences. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "Here’s How Weed Use Can Improve Your Sex Life," 20 Apr. 2019 The chain is stapled together with a nickel bind, though each sleeve is made from a single strand folded up and down the arm. Amanda Brooks, Vogue, "The Magical Making of Paco Rabanne’s 144-Hour Crystal Dress," 12 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of bind

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1b

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for bind

Verb and Noun

Middle English, from Old English bindan; akin to Old High German bintan to bind, Greek peisma cable, Sanskrit badhnāti he ties

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bind

verb

English Language Learners Definition of bind

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

bind

noun

English Language Learners Definition of bind (Entry 2 of 2)

: a difficult situation
British : an annoying problem

bind

verb
\ ˈbīnd How to pronounce bind (audio) \
bound\ ˈbau̇nd \; binding

Kids Definition of bind

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to tie or wrap securely (as with string or rope) The machine binds the hay into bales.
2 : to hold or restrict by force or obligation The oath binds you.
3 : to wrap or cover with a bandage bind a wound
4 : to cause to be joined together closely … the increased affection which comes to bind households…— Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
5 : to fasten together and enclose in a cover bind a book

bind

noun

Kids Definition of bind (Entry 2 of 2)

: a difficult situation I'm in a real bind.

bind

verb
\ ˈbīnd How to pronounce bind (audio) \
bound\ ˈbau̇nd How to pronounce bound (audio) \; binding

Medical Definition of bind

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to wrap up (an injury) with a cloth : bandage binding up the gash with clean gauze
2 : to take up and hold usually by chemical forces : combine with cellulose binds water
3 : to make costive : constipate

intransitive verb

1a : 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

bind

noun

Medical Definition of bind (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : something that binds
2 : the act of binding : the state of being bound — see double bind

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\ ˈbīnd How to pronounce bind (audio) \
bound\ ˈbau̇nd How to pronounce bound (audio) \; binding

Legal Definition of bind

1a : to make responsible for an obligation (as under a contract) agents have the power to bind the insurer— R. I. Mehr
b : to burden with an obligation prevented married women from binding their property— J. H. Friedenthal et al.
2 : to exert control over : constrain by legal authority this court is bound by precedent
3 : to bring (an insurance policy) into effect by an oral communication or a binder

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