binding

noun
bind·​ing | \ ˈbīn-diŋ How to pronounce binding (audio) \

Definition of binding

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the action of one that binds
2 : a material or device used to bind: such as
a : the cover and materials that hold a book together
b : a narrow fabric used to finish raw edges
c : a device that holds a boot firmly to a ski or snowboard

binding

adjective

Definition of binding (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : that binds
2 : imposing an obligation

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Other Words from binding

Adjective

bindingly \ ˈbīn-​diŋ-​lē How to pronounce bindingly (audio) \ adverb
bindingness noun

Examples of binding in a Sentence

Noun

a carpet edged with canvas binding The bindings have started to come loose.

Adjective

The contract is legally binding. The parties agreed to settle the dispute through binding arbitration.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This year the European Parliament passed a (non-binding) vote to improve access to medical pot. The Economist, "A global revolution in attitudes towards cannabis is under way," 29 Aug. 2019 No more [policy] bindings, including changes to existing policies. Ron Hurtibise, sun-sentinel.com, "It’s your last chance to buy or change your hurricane insurance," 27 Aug. 2019 Recently, Barr published a new regulation giving himself the power to make any appellate decision binding as well. Tal Kopan, SFChronicle.com, "AG William Barr promotes immigration judges with high asylum denial rates," 23 Aug. 2019 Depending on how important the style and binding of the cover is to you, buy them intentionally either at your local bookstore or through online listings. Olivia Martin, Town & Country, "Gwyneth Paltrow Hired a Personal Book Curator—Here's What He Chose For Her Shelves," 20 Aug. 2019 His product had bindings and other features that Poppen’s design did not, and sales took off. Richard Sandomir, BostonGlobe.com, "Sherm Poppen, 89, who fathered the snowboard," 11 Aug. 2019 His product had bindings and other features that Mr. Poppen’s design did not, and sales took off. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, "Sherm Poppen, a Dad Who Fathered the Snowboard, Dies at 89," 9 Aug. 2019 Make sure bindings for your skis or snowboard are releasable. Jenny Howard, National Geographic, "Avalanche safety tips and preparation," 5 Aug. 2019 In a nonjudicial binding agreement filed in King County Superior Court over the misuse of endowment funds, the state Attorney General’s Office has barred the president of the board from serving on a nonprofit board for a year. Erik Lacitis, The Seattle Times, "Financial miscues, loss of donations doom Seattle-based Sight Connections nonprofit for the blind," 21 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Documents that show you have been supported (by friends, family, or professionals) in your decision-making boost the validity of your choices, making them more binding for healthcare professionals. Hui Yun Chan, Quartz, "Planning ahead for your death is surprisingly empowering," 30 Aug. 2019 Most urged commissioners to demand binding language in funding agreements with Universal to address their concerns about the theme park, which will be built on land between Sand Lake Road and Universal Boulevard near International Drive. Stephen Hudak, orlandosentinel.com, "Epic Universe neighbors urge Orange leaders to gain commitments from Universal for $125M investment," 20 Aug. 2019 The 6-foot-5 guard from Las Vegas Trinity International school can sign a binding letter of intent in November. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, "UCLA receives commitment from Daishen Nix, nation’s top point guard prospect," 20 Aug. 2019 Yet Abe’s determination to foster concerted action was undermined by U.S. opposition to curb plastic production, and to any legally binding commitments, officials said. Washington Post, "As plastics foul the world’s oceans, world leaders struggle over how to respond," 19 July 2019 The two parties can chat in the portal and walk through dispute resolution options, which will end in a legally binding agreement through the site if successful. Emma Keith, Detroit Free Press, "New Michigan court program could let you resolve legal disputes for free online," 7 Aug. 2019 The Environmental Protection Agency has no legally binding regulations on PFAS chemicals but recommends that municipalities alert the public if the two most common PFAS chemicals reach 70 parts per trillion. David Abel, BostonGlobe.com, "Attorneys general urge Congress to act on ‘forever chemicals’," 30 July 2019 The version set for publication drops some of the more controversial provisions of the original proposal but expands the ability of the appellate body, the Board of Immigration Appeals, to issue binding decisions about immigration law. Tal Kopan, SFChronicle.com, "AG Barr moves forward with immigration court changes," 1 July 2019 The process simply means that both sides agree to present their arguments, in private, to a mediator who, unlike a judge or an arbitrator, has no power to issue a legally binding decision. Kevin Baxter, latimes.com, "U.S. Soccer and USWNT players agree to mediation over pay dispute," 22 June 2019

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First Known Use of binding

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of binding was in the 13th century

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binding

noun

English Language Learners Definition of binding

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the cover of a book
: a narrow strip of cloth attached along the edge of something
: a device that attaches a boot to a ski

binding

adjective

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

: forcing or requiring someone to do something because of a promise, agreement, etc.

binding

noun
bind·​ing | \ ˈbīn-diŋ How to pronounce binding (audio) \

Kids Definition of binding

1 : the cover and the fastenings of a book
2 : a narrow strip of fabric used along the edge of an article of clothing
3 : a device that attaches a boot to a ski

binding

adjective

Legal Definition of binding

1 : imposing a legal obligation the agreement is binding on the parties
2 : requiring submission to a specified authority the suppression order was binding on the Department of TransportationNational Law Journal

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