• "'Let me bind up your hand.'"
    "'Let me bind up your hand.'"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v bind cause to be constipated "These foods tend to constipate you"
    • v bind form a chemical bond with "The hydrogen binds the oxygen"
    • v bind bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted "He's held by a contract","I'll hold you by your promise"
    • v bind fasten or secure with a rope, string, or cord "They tied their victim to the chair"
    • v bind secure with or as if with ropes "tie down the prisoners","tie up the old newspapers and bring them to the recycling shed"
    • v bind make fast; tie or secure, with or as if with a rope "The Chinese would bind the feet of their women"
    • v bind wrap around with something so as to cover or enclose
    • v bind provide with a binding "bind the books in leather"
    • v bind stick to firmly "Will this wallpaper adhere to the wall?"
    • v bind create social or emotional ties "The grandparents want to bond with the child"
    • n bind something that hinders as if with bonds
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Automatic self-binding reaper Automatic self-binding reaper

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The main active chemical in marijuana is THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol). The membranes of certain nerve cells in the brain contain protein receptors that bind to THC. Once securely in place, THC kicks off a series of cellular reactions that ultimately lead to the high that users experience when they smoke marijuana
    • Bind (Mus) A ligature or tie for grouping notes.
    • Bind Any twining or climbing plant or stem, esp. a hop vine; a bine.
    • Bind 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."
    • Bind (Metal) Indurated clay, when much mixed with the oxide of iron.
    • Bind That which binds or ties.
    • Bind To be restrained from motion, or from customary or natural action, as by friction.
    • Bind (Law) To bring (any one) under definite legal obligations; esp. under the obligation of a bond or covenant.
    • Bind 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.""Whom Satan hath bound , lo, these eighteen years."
    • Bind To contract; to grow hard or stiff; to cohere or stick together in a mass; as, clay binds by heat.
    • Bind To cover, as with a bandage; to bandage or dress; -- sometimes with up; as, to bind up a wound.
    • Bind To exert a binding or restraining influence.
    • Bind To make fast ( a thingabout or upon something, as by tying; to encircle with something; as, to bind a belt about one; to bind a compress upon a part.
    • Bind (Law) To place under legal obligation to serve; to indenture; as, to bind an apprentice; -- sometimes with out; as, bound out to service.
    • Bind To prevent or restrain from customary or natural action; as, certain drugs bind the bowels.
    • Bind To protect or strengthen by a band or binding, as the edge of a carpet or garment.
    • Bind To sew or fasten together, and inclose in a cover; as, to bind a book.
    • Bind 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.
    • Bind To tie; to confine by any ligature. "They that reap must sheaf and bind ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • bind To make fast (to, on, or upon) with a band or bond of any kind.
    • bind To unite by any legal or moral tie; attach by considerations of love, duty, interest, obligation, etc.: as, bound in the bonds of matrimony; bound by gratitude, duty, debt, etc.
    • bind To put in bonds or fetters; deprive of liberty or of the use of the limbs by making fast physically.
    • bind To restrain; hold to a particular state, place, employment, etc.
    • bind To hinder or restrain (the bowels) from their natural operations; make costive; constipate.
    • bind To fasten around anything; fix in place by girding or tying: as, to bind a cord round the arm.
    • bind To encircle with a band or ligature; gird; confine or restrain by girding: as, “bind up those tresses,”
    • bind To swathe or bandage; cover and swathe with dressings: with up.
    • bind To form a border or edge on, for the purpose of strengthening or ornamenting; edge: as, to bind a wheel with a tire; to bind a garment or a carpet.
    • bind To tie or fasten (loose things) together with a band, cord, or tie; tie up into one bundle or mass: as, to bind sheaves of grain.
    • bind To fasten or secure within a cover, as a book or pamphlet. See bookbinding.
    • bind In fencing, to secure (the sword of an adversary). See binding, n., 3.
    • bind To cause to cohere; cement; knit; unite firmly: as, to bind the loose sand.
    • bind To place under obligation or compulsion: as, all are bound to obey the laws.
    • bind To put under legal obligation: often with over: as, to bind a man over to keep the peace.
    • bind Specifically To indenture as an apprentice: often with out.
    • bind To cohere; stick together.
    • bind To become indurated, hard, or stiff: as, clay binds by heat.
    • bind To be obligatory or of force.
    • bind To tie up anything; specifically, to tie up sheaves.
    • bind In falconry, to seize a bird in the air and cling to it: said of a hawk.
    • n bind A tie or band; anything that binds. Specifically— A connecting timber in a ship.
    • n bind In music, a tie, slur, or brace.
    • n bind In coal-mining, indurated, argillaceous shale or clay, such as frequently forms the roof of a coal-seam: same as bend, 12, and bat, 10.
    • n bind A unit of tale. A bind of eels is 250. A bind of skins is 32, or of some kinds 40.
    • n bind Bounds; limit; stint: as, I am at my bind.
    • n bind A climbing stem; a bine; specifically, a stalk of hops. See bine.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Bind bīnd to tie or fasten together with a band (with to, upon): to encircle round (with about, with): to sew a border on: to tie up or bandage a limb, or the like: to fasten together (the leaves of a book) and put a cover on: to lay under obligation to answer a charge: to oblige by oath or promise to or from an action: to restrain, to make fast any one—also of disease, a magic spell, a passion, &c.: to hold or cement firmly: to render hard
    • v.i Bind to produce constipation:—pa.t. and pa.p. bound
    • n Bind a stalk of hops, so called from its twining or binding itself round a pole or tree: the indurated clay of coal-mines:
    • n Bind the act of binding: anything that binds: the covering of a book
    • n Bind (mus.) the tie for grouping notes together
    • ***


  • St. Thomas Aquinas
    “Temperance is simply a disposition of the mind which binds the passion.”
  • Rudyard Kipling
    “Take up the White Man's burden -- send forth the best ye breed -- go, bind your sons to exile to serve your captives need.”
  • Marquis De Vauvenargues
    “Our failings sometimes bind us to one another as closely as could virtue itself.”
  • William M. Evarts
    William M. Evarts
    “It is faith among men that holds the moral elements of society together, as it is faith in God that binds the world to his throne.”
  • Antoine De Saint-Exupery
    “One can be a brother only in something. Where there is no tie that binds men, men are not united but merely lined up.”
  • William Blake
    “He who binds to himself a joy doth the winged life destroy. But he who kisses the joy as it flies lives in Eternity's sunrise.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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,. √90


In literature:

Contracts with idiots or drunken persons are not binding.
"The Young Farmer: Some Things He Should Know" by Thomas Forsyth Hunt
A much debated question is, how far the decoration of a binding should be influenced by the contents of the book?
"Bookbinding, and the Care of Books" by Douglas Cockerell
Thy humanity still lives, and the silver cord still binds thee to it.
"Saronia" by Richard Short
This blank is four and a half by eight inches, including the margin on the left for binding.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
If things go as I want them to, I shall try to do some cheap artistic binding.
"Woman on Her Own, False Gods & The Red Robe" by Eugène Brieux
Loge binds him fast, and the gods, with their struggling prey between them, hurry off through the pass by which they came.
"The Wagnerian Romances" by Gertrude Hall
Bind them upon thy fingers; Write them upon the table of thine heart.
"Select Masterpieces of Biblical Literature" by Various
And I just twist the loop over, side for side, until you see it bind or twist in the middle on top the pack.
"The Young Alaskans in the Rockies" by Emerson Hough
Or the sequence may be a more subtle and binding relation of cause and effect.
"English: Composition and Literature" by W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
There is a question among casuists, whether an oath extorted by force can bind a man to act in opposition to his conscience.
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various

In poetry:

"O sages and wise men!
O bird-hearted tremblers!
Come, I will show ye
A shackle to bind me.
"March" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
Tell what will bind thee,
Thou young world-shaker,
Up vault our oceans,
Down fall our forests.
"March" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
Who feeds on the sherbet
of life without death,
and with the small soul above binds her soul?
"Earring" by Nikoloz Baratashvili
"No," shouts the Titan,
The young lion-throated;
"Thor, Vulcan, nor Jove
Cannot shackle and bind me."
"March" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
Free from its bonds the mind,
The body from the rod;
Broken all chains that bind
The image of our God.
"Astraea" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Who hath courage? Not the tyrant
Boasting of his skill,
To enslave and bind his fellow
At his simple will.
"Who Hath The Courage?" by Benjamin Cutler Clark

In news:

Mathews Can Carry Load in Bind .
The Cty of Selah is in a financial bind after residents speak out against a proposed utility tax increase.
The ties that bind Featured.
Dear Abby Be honest with grandkids in a bind .
Israeli leader in bind after Obama victory.
President Barack Obama's re-election has left Israel's prime minister in a bind .
JERUSALEM (AP) — President Barack Obama's re-election has left Israel's prime minister in a bind .
The human ties that bind .
JERUSALEM — President Barack Obama's re-election has left Israel's prime minister in a bind .
Crosby in a bind thanks to lockout.
Big Food in a double bind .
National brand-name conglomerates are in a bind over California's Right to Know Genetically Modified Food Act, a measure known as Proposition 37.
Actually, it's a double bind .
Charter could bind Selby to mayor's seat.
The Fed's recession bind , in one chart.

In science:

It should be noted here that the continued-fraction representation of the one-particle Green functions has been widely used for tight-binding electrons over the last two decades.
Thermodynamic properties of the periodic nonuniform spin-1/2 isotropic XY chains in a transverse field
This fermion model is an low-energy effective model of random-hopping tight binding models and random-bond spin chains .
Random-mass Dirac fermions in an imaginary vector potential: Delocalization transition and localization length
The energy of binding between the electrons in a pair is very low: 2Ɗ ß 3kT c .
Hierarchic Models of Turbulence, Superfluidity and Superconductivity
Eψ0 (~r) (for r > 0) with E the (negative) binding energy in the single site potential.
Hopping between Random Locations: Spectrum and Instanton
States are also extended with conditional expressions and let variable bindings.
From Syntactic Theories to Interpreters: A Specification Language and Its Compilation