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Definition of bind:

  1. A ligature or tie for grouping notes.
  2. Any twining or climbing plant or stem, esp. a hop vine; a bine.
  3. 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.
  4. Indurated clay, when much mixed with the oxide of iron.
  5. That which binds or ties.
  6. To be restrained from motion, or from customary or natural action, as by friction.
  7. To bring ( any one) under definite legal obligations; esp. under the obligation of a bond or covenant.
  8. 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.
  9. To contract; to grow hard or stiff; to cohere or stick together in a mass; as, clay binds by heat.
  10. To cover, as with a bandage; to bandage or dress; - sometimes with up; as, to bind up a wound.
  11. To exert a binding or restraining influence.
  12. 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.
  13. To place under legal obligation to serve; to indenture; as, to bind an apprentice; - sometimes with out; as, bound out to service.
  14. To prevent or restrain from customary or natural action; as, certain drugs bind the bowels.
  15. To protect or strengthen by a band or binding, as the edge of a carpet or garment.
  16. To sew or fasten together, and inclose in a cover; as, to bind a book.
  17. 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.
  18. To tie; to confine by any ligature.


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