spellbind

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v spellbind put into a trance
    • v spellbind attract strongly, as if with a magnet "She magnetized the audience with her tricks"
    • v spellbind to render motionless, as with a fixed stare or by arousing terror or awe "The snake charmer fascinates the cobra"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Spellbind To bind or hold by, or as if by, a spell or charm; to entrance or fascinate, esp. by eloquence of speech, as in a political campaign.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • spellbind To bind by or as if by a spell; hold under mental control or restraint; fascinate.
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Usage

In literature:

He can neither rail, nor strike, nor spellbind, nor challenge, nor lampoon, nor prosecute.
"Bylow Hill" by George Washington Cable
Come and be experimented on by Sergt.-Major Whizbang, the great military spellbinder.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 158, March 3rd, 1920" by Various
Half of the professional spellbinders are walking in their sleep over it right now.
"The Honorable Senator Sage-Brush" by Francis Lynde
The new spellbinder was anxious to speak whenever there was an occasion, and often when there was none at all.
"The Candidate" by Joseph Alexander Altsheler
One of the spellbinders of ancient Greece, we are told, orated on the sands with his mouth filled with pebbles.
"The Armed Forces Officer" by U. S. Department of Defense
He has no tricks of the spellbinder's trade.
"An African Adventure" by Isaac F. Marcosson
Simon found the Hungarian's recital spellbinding.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
But he had fallen under the hypnotism of some too eloquent spellbinder.
"The Cup of Fury" by Rupert Hughes
It seemed to spellbind them with the power of a funeral.
"The Monster and Other Stories" by Stephen Crane
But the speakers of both parties were tyros compared to the American brand of spellbinder.
"Seven Legs Across the Seas" by Samuel Murray
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In news:

Singer-songwriter Brenna Manzare keeps it low-key but spellbinding.
Spellbinder , a grade II winner, came through with his first winner when his daughter Houdini's Bluff won at Delaware Park Aug 10.
Spellbinder 's victory was the seventh for trainer Richard Mandella in the San Antonio to move him one win ahead of the legendary Charlie Whittingham.
'The Imposter': A spellbinding true story 3½ stars.
David Byrne & St Vincent spellbinding at Segerstrom.
Spellbinding spooks brewing for Mount Holly's annual Witches Ball.
Spellbinding visuals dwarf weak characters in 'Snow White and the Huntsman'.
Westport's 'Into the Woods' Spellbinding .
PJ Harvey Brings Spellbinding Spectacle to Her Live Show.
Rose Tremain's 'Trespass' is spellbinding .
'The Edge of Heaven' spellbinding .
'Year of Magical Thinking' Is Less Than Spellbinding .
"Fledgling": Spellbinding "Fledgling" leaves thirst for more.
He built a reputation as a spellbinding preacher who could frame classical theology in ways that engaged people both inside and outside the evangelical wing of the church.
Téa Obreht's spellbinding debut novel, "The Tiger's Wife," spins tales from different eras in the former Yugoslavia .
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In science:

Magic templates: A spellbinding approach to logic programs. J.
A Simple Correctness Proof for Magic Transformation
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