AskDefine | Define bind

Dictionary Definition

bind n : something that hinders as if with bonds

Verb

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; "The grandparents want to bond with the child" [syn: tie, attach, 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"; "tie up the old newspapes and bring them to the recycling shed" [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, hold, obligate]
7 form a chemical bond with; "The hydrogen binds the oxygen"
8 provide with a binding; "bind the books in leather"
9 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] [also: bound]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

From bindan.

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. A troublesome situation; a problem; a predicament or quandary.

Verb

  1. To connect
  2. To couple
  3. To put together in a cover, as of books
  4. to associate an identifier with a value; to associate a variable name with the content of a storage location

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Extensive Definition

Things known as BIND or Bind include:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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