Meaning of bind

bind

Pronunciation: (bīnd), [key]
— v., n. bound, bind•ing,
—v.t.
  1. to fasten or secure with a band or bond.
  2. to encircle with a band or ligature: She bound her hair with a ribbon.
  3. to swathe or bandage (often fol. by up): to bind up one's wounds.
  4. to fasten around; fix in place by girding: They bound his hands behind him.
  5. to tie up (anything, as sheaves of grain).
  6. to cause to cohere: Ice bound the soil.
  7. to unite by any legal or moral tie: to be bound by a contract.
  8. to hold to a particular state, place, employment, etc.: Business kept him bound to the city.
  9. to place under obligation or compulsion (usually used passively): We are bound by good sense to obey the country's laws.
  10. to put under legal obligation, as to keep the peace or appear as a witness (often fol. by over): This action binds them to keep the peace. He was bound over to the grand jury.
  11. to make compulsory or obligatory: to bind the order with a deposit.
  12. to fasten or secure within a cover, as a book: They will bind the new book in leather.
  13. to cover the edge of, as for protection or ornament: to bind a carpet.
  14. (of clothing) to chafe or restrict (the wearer): This shirt binds me under the arms.
  15. to hinder or restrain (the bowels) from their natural operations; constipate.
  16. to indenture as an apprentice (often fol. by out): In his youth his father bound him to a blacksmith.
—v.i.
  1. to become compact or solid; cohere.
  2. to be obligatory: an obligation that binds.
  3. to chafe or restrict, as poorly fitting garments: This jacket binds through the shoulders.
  4. to stick fast, as a drill in a hole.
  5. (of a hawk) to grapple or grasp prey firmly in flight.
  6. to loop (one stitch) over another in making an edge on knitted fabric.
—n.
  1. the act or process of binding; the state or instance of being bound.
  2. something that binds.
  3. a tie, slur, or brace.
  4. the act of binding.
  5. a difficult situation or predicament: This schedule has us in a bind.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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