Definition of Bind

v. t.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.
[imp. Bound ( ); p. p. Bound, formerly Bounden ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Binding.]
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. 16.
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) To bring (any one) under definite legal obligations; esp. under the obligation of a bond or covenant.
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.
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.
3.To be restrained from motion, or from customary or natural action, as by friction.
4.To exert a binding or restraining influence.
n.1.That which binds or ties.
2.Any twining or climbing plant or stem, esp. a hop vine; a bine.
3.(Metal.) Indurated clay, when much mixed with the oxide of iron.
4.(Mus.) A ligature or tie for grouping notes.

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