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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Synonyms & Antonyms for bonding


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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This caused her to miss out on some very important social bonding. Demetrio Teniente, Houston Chronicle, "Big Brother power rankings: Day 19," 9 July 2018 Writer/director Brad Bird also pumped up the screen time to allow the bonding of female superheroes. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Even Sophia Bush has a 'lady crush' on Voyd, her breakout 'Incredibles 2' hero," 17 June 2018 Adding a bonding agent to the paint will create a more consistent finish for a less distressed look. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "So What Exactly is Milk Paint?," 27 Mar. 2019 Before the target molecule binds, the polymer layer keeps itself together by a mechanism called hydrogen bonding. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Big transistor senses the arrival of a single molecule," 29 Oct. 2018 Ahead of a Thursday morning workout, Khloé Kardashian enjoyed a bonding session with her 10-week-old daughter, posting videos of the sweet moments to Snapchat. Jen Juneau,, "'Skip to My Lou!' Khloé Kardashian Sweetly Sings to Daughter True Before a Gym Session," 21 June 2018 For infants and parents who are breastfeeding, this can undo maternal bonding that's crucial for development., "How Separating A Child From Their Parents Affects Their Health," 20 June 2018 Symptoms can start during pregnancy, and the condition can interfere with mother-child emotional bonding. Peter Loftus, WSJ, "Sage Therapeutics’ Drug for Postpartum Depression Gets FDA Nod," 19 Mar. 2019 For celebrity trainer Jeanette Jenkins, fitness can double as family bonding. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "A Total-Body HIIT Workout You Can Do in Under 15 Minutes From Celebrity Trainer Jeanette Jenkins," 14 Mar. 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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