bind·​er | \ ˈbīn-dər How to pronounce binder (audio) \

Definition of binder

1 : a person or machine that binds something (such as books)
2a : something used in binding
b : a usually detachable cover (as for holding sheets of paper)
3 : something (such as tar or cement) that produces or promotes cohesion in loosely assembled substances
4 : a temporary insurance contract that provides coverage until the policy is issued
5 : something (such as money) given in earnest also : the agreement arrived at
6 : a tobacco leaf wrapped between the filler and wrapper of a cigar

Examples of binder in a Sentence

The egg in the recipe acts as a binder.

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Delap recommends binders with slash pockets, where papers can be filed quickly. Washington Post, "Getting ready for high school: gear and strategies," 9 July 2019 Lafferty said the intent is for the binder to become part of the Towson branch library’s reference section. Libby Solomon,, "March on: Quest tries to pinpoint age of Towson Fourth of July parade," 2 July 2019 All the curbs were poured and binder asphalt was to have been completed on the entire site by the end of the week of June 23. Landscaping and seeding work was to also begin. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Oconomowoc's new Meadow View Elementary is nearing completion ahead of the new school year," 28 June 2019 Over the course of the year, Brown and staff members refer to the binders for information. Ross Dellenger,, "Neal Brown Is Eager to Try His Hand at West Virginia's One-of-a-Kind Challenge," 27 June 2019 Polymer concrete is a type of concrete that uses polymers, typically resins, to replace lime-type cement as a binder. Fox News, "Researchers have discovered how to make concrete from recycled glass - by turning it back into sand," 12 June 2019 Gildea had planned to make a binder for each letter of the alphabet. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "Jeff Gildea will continue to visit Indiana's fading gyms as long as cancer lets him," 11 June 2019 To read the polling binders, former Vice President Joe Biden is a runaway favorite here in Iowa in the Democratic primary. Philip Elliott, Time, "Joe Biden Is Ahead in the Iowa Polls. But His Rivals Are Ahead on Organizing," 11 June 2019 My fee is one enthusiastic speller and $10 for a binder. Elizabeth Hernandez, The Denver Post, "“Bill’s kids”: A 77-year-old Denverite has dedicated his life to coaching spelling for free “out of the goodness of his heart”," 10 June 2019

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First Known Use of binder

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

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English Language Learners Definition of binder

: a cover for holding together sheets of paper
: a material that is used to hold things together
: a person or machine that puts books together


bind·​er | \ ˈbīn-dər How to pronounce binder (audio) \

Kids Definition of binder

1 : a person who binds books
2 : a cover for holding together loose sheets of paper
3 : a machine that cuts grain and ties it into bundles


bind·​er | \ ˈbīn-dər How to pronounce binder (audio) \

Medical Definition of binder

1 : a broad bandage applied (as about the chest or abdomen) for support a breast binder an obstetrical binder
2 : a substance (as glucose or acacia) used in pharmacy to hold together the ingredients of a compressed tablet

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bind·​er | \ ˈbīn-dər How to pronounce binder (audio) \

Legal Definition of binder

1 : a temporary insurance contract that provides coverage until the policy is issued
2 : a receipt for money paid to the owner of real estate or to the owner's agent to secure the right to purchase the real estate upon agreed terms also : the money itself

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