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[n] something that hinders as if with bonds
[v] cause to be constipated; "These foods tend to constipate you"
[v] form a chemical bond with; "The hydrogen binds the oxygen"
[v] bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted; "He's held by a contract"; "I'll hold you by your promise"
[v] To fasten or secure with a rope, string, or cord; "They tied their victim to the chair"
[v] secure with or as if with ropes; "tie down the prisoners"
[v] make fast; tie or secure, with or as if with a rope; "The Chinese would bind the feet of their women"
[v] wrap around with something so as to cover or enclose
[v] provide with a binding, as of books
[v] stick to firmly; "Will this wallpaper adhere to the wall?"
[v] create social or emotional ties; "The grandparents want to bond with the child"


unbind, unbrace, unlace, untie

Misc. Definitions

\Bind\, v. t. [imp. {Bound}; p. p. {Bound}, formerly {Bounden}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Binding}.] [AS. bindan, perfect tense band, bundon, p. p. bunden; akin to D. & G. binden, Dan. binde, Sw. & Icel. binda, Goth. bindan, Skr. bandh (for bhandh) to bind, cf. Gr. ? (for ?) cable, and L. offendix. [root]90.]
1. To tie, or confine with a cord, band, ligature, chain, etc.; to fetter; to make fast; as, to bind grain in bundles; to bind a prisoner.
2. To confine, restrain, or hold by physical force or influence of any kind; as, attraction binds the planets to the sun; frost binds the earth, or the streams. He bindeth the floods from overflowing. --Job xxviii. 1
1. Whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years. --Luke xiii. 1
3. To cover, as with a bandage; to bandage or dress; -- sometimes with up; as, to bind up a wound.
4. To make fast ( a thing) about or upon something, as by tying; to encircle with something; as, to bind a belt about one; to bind a compress upon a part.
5. To prevent or restrain from customary or natural action; as, certain drugs bind the bowels.
6. To protect or strengthen by a band or binding, as the edge of a carpet or garment.
7. To sew or fasten together, and inclose in a cover; as, to bind a book.
8. Fig.: To oblige, restrain, or hold, by authority, law, duty, promise, vow, affection, or other moral tie; as, to bind the conscience; to bind by kindness; bound by affection; commerce binds nations to each other. Who made our laws to bind us, not himself. --Milton.
9. (Law) (a) To bring (any one) under definite legal obligations; esp. under the obligation of a bond or covenant. --Abbott. (b) To place under legal obligation to serve; to indenture; as, to bind an apprentice; -- sometimes with out; as, bound out to service. {To bind over}, to put under bonds to do something, as to appear at court, to keep the peace, etc. {To bind to}, to contract; as, to bind one's self to a wife. {To bind up in}, to cause to be wholly engrossed with; to absorb in. Syn: To fetter; tie; fasten; restrain; restrict; oblige.
\Bind\, v. i.
1. To tie; to confine by any ligature. They that reap must sheaf and bind. --Shak.
2. To contract; to grow hard or stiff; to cohere or stick together in a mass; as, clay binds by heat. --Mortimer.
3. To be restrained from motion, or from customary or natural action, as by friction.
4. To exert a binding or restraining influence. --Locke.
\Bind\, n.
1. That which binds or ties.
2. Any twining or climbing plant or stem, esp. a hop vine; a bine.
3. (Metal.) Indurated clay, when much mixed with the oxide of iron. --Kirwan.
4. (Mus.) A ligature or tie for grouping notes.

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