Bind, 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. Kirwan.
4. (Mus.) A ligature or tie for grouping
Bind (?), v. i. 1. To
tie; to confine by any ligature.
They that reap must sheaf and bind.
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
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. √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. 16.
3. To cover, as with a bandage; to bandage or
dress; -- sometimes with up; as, to bind up a
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
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.
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.