bind

verb
\ ˈbīnd How to pronounce bind (audio) \
bound\ ˈbau̇nd How to pronounce bind (audio) \; binding

Definition of bind

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to make secure by tying His hands were bound with rope.
b : to confine, restrain, or restrict as if with bonds … she was not wholly bound in mind by her middle-class existence— Delmore Schwartz
c : to put under an obligation binds himself with an oath
d : to constrain with legal authority The court's decision binds them to pay the fine.
2a : to wrap around with something so as to enclose or cover A silk sash bound her waist.
b : bandage bind their wounds
3 : to fasten round about when wreaths of laurel bound them
4 : to tie together binding the wheat into sheaves
5a : to cause to stick together tuna and celery bound by mayonnaise
b : to take up and hold (as by chemical forces) : combine with cellulose binds water
6 : constipate Cheese tends to bind him.
7 : to make a firm commitment for a handshake binds the deal
8 : to protect, strengthen, or decorate by a band or binding a carpet bound with a gold edging
9 : to apply the parts of the cover to (a book)
10 : to set at work as an apprentice : indenture He was bound out to a tailor for one year.
11 : to cause to have an emotional attachment the emotional ties that bind us
12 : to fasten together a pin bound the ends of the scarf

intransitive verb

1a : to form a cohesive mass A little milk will help the ingredients bind.
b : to combine or be taken up especially by chemical action antibody binds to a specific antigen
2 : to hamper free movement or natural action shorts that are guaranteed not to bind
3 : to become hindered from free operation Rust caused the door to bind in its frame.
4 : to exert a restraining or compelling effect a promise that binds

bind

noun

Definition of bind (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : something that binds
b : the act of binding : the state of being bound
c : a place where binding occurs
2 music : tie sense 3
3 : a position or situation in which one is hampered, constrained, or prevented from free movement or action got a bind on his opponent
in a bind
: in trouble seem to have gotten myself in a bind

Examples of bind in a Sentence

Verb She bound her hair in a ponytail. The machine binds the hay into bales. He doesn't like to wear clothes that bind. Noun It's a real bind having to meet all these deadlines. with our vacation week fast approaching, and no arrangements for the care of our pets, we were in a serious bind
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Grandstanding from politicians won’t bind the team to our community. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, 10 May 2022 Plus, the sphere wouldn’t gravitationally bind to its star in a stable fashion. Stav Dimitropoulos, Popular Mechanics, 5 May 2022 Fabric bought from Florence bind the cushions made by Sabbagh, and a roving cart becomes a talker when staff use it to carve a whole chicken or fillet a fish tableside. Washington Post, 15 Apr. 2022 Well, psilocybin can bind and potentially activate serotonin 2A (5-HT2A) receptors in your brain. Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2022 At just five nanometers across—one 200th the length of a typical bacterium—fluorescent nanoantennas can bind to and interact with proteins on a molecular level. Joanna Thompson, Scientific American, 30 Mar. 2022 Doing so will automatically bind new players to the new player specials. Xl Media, cleveland, 17 Mar. 2022 Contrary to expectations, making life harder for the population can bind them to the rulers who blame outside interference. Samuel Goldman, The Week, 7 Mar. 2022 Matzo meal adds whole grain-like heartiness, eggs bind the batter, and ricotta cheese brings fluffy texture and richness. Chaya Rappoport, Bon Appétit, 21 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Salaries went up, but a very restrictive hard cap has put teams in a bind. Lila Bromberg, Hartford Courant, 4 May 2022 All this means that later this year, the Fed could find itself in a bind once again. Julia Horowitz, CNN, 4 May 2022 This puts other candidates in a bind, if Trump does decide to start his campaign. John Brandon, Forbes, 30 Apr. 2022 President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has put many Chinese companies in a bind. Washington Post, 27 Apr. 2022 But that unexpected success left the company in a financial bind. Mae Anderson, ajc, 4 Apr. 2022 Although a study predicted major profits at the new casino, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs found itself in a financial bind three years later. oregonlive, 28 Feb. 2022 But the logjam threatens to put some solar developers in a financial bind and is raising questions about the feasibility of the Biden administration’s goal of having a carbon-free electricity grid in just 13 years. James Bruggers, The Courier-Journal, 8 Feb. 2022 Many workers seeking cash advances are in a financial bind and need the money quickly. Eric Killelea, San Antonio Express-News, 7 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of bind

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1b

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for bind

Verb and Noun

Middle English, from Old English bindan; akin to Old High German bintan to bind, Greek peisma cable, Sanskrit badhnāti he ties

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More Definitions for bind

bind

verb
\ ˈbīnd How to pronounce bind (audio) \
bound\ ˈbau̇nd \; binding

Kids Definition of bind

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to tie or wrap securely (as with string or rope) The machine binds the hay into bales.
2 : to hold or restrict by force or obligation The oath binds you.
3 : to wrap or cover with a bandage bind a wound
4 : to cause to be joined together closely … the increased affection which comes to bind households…— Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
5 : to fasten together and enclose in a cover bind a book

bind

noun

Kids Definition of bind (Entry 2 of 2)

: a difficult situation I'm in a real bind.

bind

verb
\ ˈbīnd How to pronounce bind (audio) \
bound\ ˈbau̇nd How to pronounce bind (audio) \; binding

Medical Definition of bind

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to wrap up (an injury) with a cloth : bandage binding up the gash with clean gauze
2 : to take up and hold usually by chemical forces : combine with cellulose binds water
3 : to make costive : constipate

intransitive verb

1a : to form a cohesive mass
b : to combine or be taken up especially by chemical action antibody binds to a specific antigen
2 : to hamper free movement

bind

noun

Medical Definition of bind (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : something that binds
2 : the act of binding : the state of being bound — see double bind

bind

transitive verb
\ ˈbīnd How to pronounce bind (audio) \
bound\ ˈbau̇nd How to pronounce bind (audio) \; binding

Legal Definition of bind

1a : to make responsible for an obligation (as under a contract) agents have the power to bind the insurer— R. I. Mehr
b : to burden with an obligation prevented married women from binding their property— J. H. Friedenthal et al.
2 : to exert control over : constrain by legal authority this court is bound by precedent
3 : to bring (an insurance policy) into effect by an oral communication or a binder

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