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Definition of Bind


  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.
  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.
  9. To bring (any one) under definite legal obligations; esp. under the obligation of a bond or covenant.
  10. To place under legal obligation to serve; to indenture; as, to bind an apprentice; -- sometimes with out; as, bound out to service.
  11. To tie; to confine by any ligature.
  12. To contract; to grow hard or stiff; to cohere or stick together in a mass; as, clay binds by heat.
  13. To be restrained from motion, or from customary or natural action, as by friction.
  14. To exert a binding or restraining influence.
  15. That which binds or ties.
  16. Any twining or climbing plant or stem, esp. a hop vine; a bine.
  17. Indurated clay, when much mixed with the oxide of iron.
  18. A ligature or tie for grouping notes.

Bind Quotations

We too often bind ourselves by authorities rather than by the truth.
Lucretia Mott

With Malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds.
Abraham Lincoln

For we must be one thing or the other, an asset or a liability, the sinew in your wing to help you soar, or the chain to bind you to earth.
Countee Cullen

Christlike communications are expressed in tones of love rather than loudness. They are intended to be helpful rather than hurtful. They tend to bind us together rather than to drive us apart. They tend to build rather than to belittle.
L. Lionel Kendrick

One of the most destructive things that's happening in modern society is that we are losing our sense of the bonds that bind people together - which can lead to nightmares of social collapse.
Alexander McCall Smith
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Bind Translations

bind in Afrikaans is bind
bind in Danish is binde
bind in Dutch is inbinden, binden
bind in Finnish is sitoa
bind in French is relier, liaison
bind in German is binden, binden
bind in Italian is legare, legamento
bind in Latin is necto, evincio
bind in Portuguese is ligar, ligamento
bind in Spanish is liar, comprometer
bind in Swedish is binda
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