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Noun: binding  bIn-ding
  1. The capacity to attract and hold something
  2. Strip sewn over or along an edge for reinforcement or decoration
  3. The act of applying a bandage
    - dressing, bandaging
  4. One of a pair of mechanical devices that are attached to a ski and that will grip a ski boot; the bindings should release in case of a fall
    - ski binding
  5. The protective covering on the front, back, and spine of a book
    "the book had a leather binding";
    - book binding, cover, back
Adjective: binding  bIn-ding
  1. Executed with proper legal authority, making a contractual obligation
    "a binding contract"
Verb: bind (bound)  bInd
  1. Remain stuck to; keep in place
    "Will this wallpaper bind to the wall?";
    - adhere, hold fast, bond, stick, stick to
  2. Create social or emotional ties
    - 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"
  4. Wrap around with something so as to cover or enclose
    - bandage
  5. Secure with (or as if with) ropes in order to prevent movement or escape
    "bind the prisoners";
    - tie down, tie up, truss
  6. Bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted
    "He's bound by a contract";
    - oblige, hold, obligate
  7. Provide with a binding
    "bind the books in leather"
  8. Fasten or secure with a rope, string, or cord
    "They bound their victim to the chair";
    - tie
  9. (chemistry) form a chemical bond with
    "The hydrogen binds the oxygen"
  10. Cause to be constipated
    "These foods tend to bind you";
    - constipate
  11. (computing) associate an identifier with a value or object

Derived forms: bindings

See also: valid

Type of: attach, attraction, attractiveness, confine, constrain, cover, fasten, fix, hold, indispose, mechanical device, medical aid, medical care, protection, protective cover, protective covering, relate, restrain, secure, sewing, stitchery

Antonym: unbind, unbrace

Part of: book, volume

Encyclopedia: Binding

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