Hypertext Webster Gateway: "bind"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Bind \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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Bind \Bind\, n.
1. That which binds or ties.

2. Any twining or climbing plant or stem, esp. a hop vine; a

3. (Metal.) Indurated clay, when much mixed with the oxide of
iron. --Kirwan.

4. (Mus.) A ligature or tie for grouping notes.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Bind \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.
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. 11.

Whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years.
--Luke xiii.

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.
(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.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n : something that hinders as if with bonds
v 1: stick to firmly; "Will this wallpaper adhere to the wall?"
[syn: {adhere}, {hold fast}, {bond}, {stick}, {stick to}]
2: create social or emotional ties [syn: {tie}, {bond}]
3: make fast; tie or secure, with or as if with a rope; "The
Chinese would bind the feet of their women" [ant: {unbind}]
4: wrap around with something so as to cover or enclose [syn: {bandage}]
5: secure with or as if with ropes; "tie down the prisoners"
[syn: {tie down}, {tie up}, {truss}]
6: bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted; "He's held by a
contract' "I'll hold you by your promise" [syn: {oblige},
7: form a chemical bond with; "The hydrogen binds the oxygen"
8: provide with a binding, as of books
9: To fasten or secure with a rope, string, or cord; "They tied
their victim to the chair" [syn: {tie}] [ant: {untie}]
10: cause to be constipated; "These foods tend to constipate
you" [syn: {constipate}]

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