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English Dictionary: bind by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. something that hinders as if with bonds
  1. stick to firmly; "Will this wallpaper adhere to the wall?"
    Synonym(s): adhere, hold fast, bond, bind, stick, stick to
  2. create social or emotional ties; "The grandparents want to bond with the child"
    Synonym(s): bind, 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"
    Antonym(s): unbind
  4. wrap around with something so as to cover or enclose
    Synonym(s): bind, bandage
  5. secure with or as if with ropes; "tie down the prisoners"; "tie up the old newspapers and bring them to the recycling shed"
    Synonym(s): tie down, tie up, bind, truss
  6. bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted; "He's held by a contract"; "I'll hold you by your promise"
    Synonym(s): oblige, bind, hold, obligate
  7. provide with a binding; "bind the books in leather"
  8. fasten or secure with a rope, string, or cord; "They tied their victim to the chair"
    Synonym(s): tie, bind
    Antonym(s): unbrace, unlace, untie
  9. form a chemical bond with; "The hydrogen binds the oxygen"
  10. cause to be constipated; "These foods tend to constipate you"
    Synonym(s): constipate, bind
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. [root]90.]
      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 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 The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (15Feb98) [foldoc]:
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