Bind v. t. [imp. Bound p. p. Bound, formerly Bounden p. pr. & vb. n. Binding.]
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. 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 (a) To bring (any one) under definite legal obligations; esp. under the obligation of a bond or covenant. --Abbott. (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.
Bind·ing a. That binds; obligatory.
Binding beam Arch., the main timber in double flooring.
Binding joist Arch., the secondary timber in double-framed flooring.
Syn: -- Obligatory; restraining; restrictive; stringent; astringent; costive; styptic.
1. The act or process of one who, or that which, binds.
2. Anything that binds; a bandage; the cover of a book, or the cover with the sewing, etc.; something that secures the edge of cloth from raveling.
3. pl. Naut. The transoms, knees, beams, keelson, and other chief timbers used for connecting and strengthening the parts of a vessel.
adj 1: executed with proper legal authority; "a binding contract"
2: hindering freedom of movement; "tight garments are
uncomfortably binding" [syn: constricting]
3: causing constipation [syn: constipating]
n 1: the capacity to attract and hold something
2: strip sewn over or along an edge for reinforcement or
3: the act of applying a bandage [syn: dressing, bandaging]
4: the front and back covering of a book; "the book had a
leather binding" [syn: book binding, cover, back]