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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Inside, patients sit for doses of Ampligen in the infusion room, largely in silence, while nurses tend to their I.V. bags and researchers pore over blue binders. Mike Mariani, The New Yorker, "A Town for People with Chronic Fatigue," 3 Sep. 2019 If Lilya hadn’t bought me that binder, none of this would have happened. Char Adams,, "How a Dedicated Friendship Led LEGO to Create Braille Instructions for Visually Impaired Children," 28 Aug. 2019 In the oven, the zucchini gave enough liquid to finish cooking the rice, and the cream was a more delicate binder than roux, which so frequently turns a gratin into stodge. New York Times, "We Asked a Chef to Keep a Cooking Diary for a Week. Here’s What She Made.," 27 Aug. 2019 The lessons learned from maintaining a tidy binder or managing their own calendars will stay with them for the rest of their lives. Elissa Strauss, CNN, "Getting your kids organized for the new school year," 10 Aug. 2019 She and Josel both recommend color coding binders or folders by subject. Washington Post, "Getting ready for high school: gear and strategies," 9 July 2019 Perhaps another team would page through that binder and feel inspired. Matt Breen,, "How the Phillies landed Jake Arrieta," 13 Mar. 2018 In this shelter was a binder of handwritten migrant stories and facing-page translations. Colin Barrett, Harper's magazine, "“Just Keep Going North”," 5 July 2019 Tillerson was given a thick binder of documents about the plan, which he had not been briefed on previously. NBC News, "Kushner cut me, other top diplomats out of the loop in talks with Saudis, says Tillerson," 27 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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