bind·er | \ˈbīn-dər \

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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Mounds of giant binders explaining municipal law line the table behind his desk. Washington Post, "2 cities share name, but 1 is in big trouble," 6 July 2018 That's why Rhodes keeps that binder from Mrs. Feathers' class. Fletcher Page, The Courier-Journal, "Victory at Kentucky Speedway would be 'biggest win ever' for Ben Rhodes," 9 July 2018 Inside the adjacent living room, the picture is surrounded by binders stuffed with research on depression, suicide and traumatic brain injuries, as well as a letter from the Mayo Clinic that contains a potential clue—the autopsy of Tyler’s brain. Greg Bishop,, "A College QB's Suicide. A Family's Search for Answers.," 26 June 2018 Customers flocked into her shop, glancing over Brown’s neatly catalogued cardboard boxes of vintage baseball cards and fat binders of Pokémon cards. Katie Park,, "92 years in, Zerns Farmer's Market says it will fold in September," 25 June 2018 Some binders tell the stories of local families during their time in Sussex, while others contain weekly editions of the Sussex Sun newspaper dating back to the 1970s all the way up through the publication's discontinuation last year. Geoff Bruce, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "How a $5, spur-of-the-moment purchase of a Civil War-era musket led to a local history museum," 20 June 2018 Edward worked at Mueller Trade Bindery for several years as a book binder. Hartford Courant,, "Edward E. Jones Jr.," 13 July 2018 With this invasion of AI assistants comes incredible command over technology: Don’t set a timer or check the weather; ask. Don’t flip through a binder of CDs for the right song; shout. Matthew Kitchen, WSJ, "The Death of the TV Remote—and What’s Coming Next," 15 June 2018 From Matt: Was this a chapter in O’s binder all along? Andy Staples,, "How Good Could LSU Be If Joe Burrow Transferred to Baton Rouge?," 9 May 2018

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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 \

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 \

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 \

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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