bond·​ing | \ ˈbän-diŋ How to pronounce bonding (audio) \

Definition of bonding

1 : the formation of a close relationship (as between a mother and child or between a person and an animal) especially through frequent or constant association
2 : the attaching of a material (such as porcelain) to a tooth surface especially for cosmetic purposes

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adherence, adhesion, cling



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Examples of bonding in a Sentence

He and his dad spent the weekend together for some male bonding. this epoxy has good bonding for glass and ceramics

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The video game world is seriously short on couch co-ops, which are titles designed to be played among friends in the same room, and the horror genre really maximizes that bonding experience. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Here are the hottest video games to test drive at Comic-Con," 18 July 2019 Chitosan penetrates both the skin and the hydrogel, linking them, whereas other bonding agents fuse them together with even more sticking power. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "This embryo-inspired bandage is 17 times stickier than a Band-Aid," 24 July 2019 That makes bonding and borrowing money more difficult and expensive, Johnsen said. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "Faced with $135M budget cut, UA regents declare financial exigency," 23 July 2019 Cousin love! Khloé Kardashian shared an adorable clip on Saturday of her daughter True bonding with cousins North and Chicago while attending their great-grandmother MJ’s birthday party. Maria Pasquini,, "Playtime! Khloé Kardashian Shares Sweet Videos of True Bonding with Cousins North & Chicago," 21 July 2019 So bonding in certain ways is more difficult for us in those things. Dalton Ross,, "Evicted Ovi weighs in on if there is racism in the Big Brother house," 19 July 2019 Slopes shaded from direct sun stay cooler, preventing bonding between snow layers and leading to more avalanches in cold conditions. National Geographic, "Avalanches, explained," 19 July 2019 In its 2018 audit of JCPS, the Kentucky Department of Education faulted the district for ignoring longstanding needs and failing to increase its bonding capacity. Mandy Mclaren, The Courier-Journal, "JCPS wants to build new schools. But it may need more tax dollars, Marty Pollio says," 16 July 2019 There’s something very bonding about spending this much time with someone. High School Journalism Institute,, "Student voices: My views on journalism, then and now," 16 July 2019

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First Known Use of bonding

1969, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of bonding was in 1969

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English Language Learners Definition of bonding

: the process of forming a close relationship with someone



Medical Definition of bonding

1 : the formation of a close relationship (as between a mother and child or between a person and an animal) especially through frequent or constant association — see male bonding
2 : a dental technique in which a material and especially plastic or porcelain is attached to a tooth surface to correct minor defects (as chipped or discolored teeth) especially for cosmetic purposes

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