—v.t. 1. to fasten or secure with a band or bond.
2. to encircle with a band or ligature: She bound her hair with a ribbon. 3. to swathe or bandage (often fol. by up): to bind up one's wounds. 4. to fasten around; fix in place by girding: They bound his hands behind him. 5. to tie up (anything, as sheaves of grain).
6. to cause to cohere: Ice bound the soil. 7. to unite by any legal or moral tie: to be bound by a contract. 8. to hold to a particular state, place, employment, etc.: Business kept him bound to the city. 9. to place under obligation or compulsion (usually used passively): We are bound by good sense to obey the country's laws. 10. Law.to put under legal obligation, as to keep the peace or appear as a witness (often fol. by over): This action binds them to keep the peace. He was bound over to the grand jury. 11. to make compulsory or obligatory: to bind the order with a deposit. 12. to fasten or secure within a cover, as a book: They will bind the new book in leather. 13. to cover the edge of, as for protection or ornament: to bind a carpet. 14. (of clothing) to chafe or restrict (the wearer): This shirt binds me under the arms. 15. Med.to hinder or restrain (the bowels) from their natural operations; constipate.
16. to indenture as an apprentice (often fol. by out): In his youth his father bound him to a blacksmith.
—v.i. 1. to become compact or solid; cohere.
2. to be obligatory: an obligation that binds. 3. to chafe or restrict, as poorly fitting garments: This jacket binds through the shoulders. 4. to stick fast, as a drill in a hole.
5. Falconry.(of a hawk) to grapple or grasp prey firmly in flight.
6. bind off,Textiles.to loop (one stitch) over another in making an edge on knitted fabric.
—n. 1. the act or process of binding; the state or instance of being bound.
2. something that binds.
3. Music.a tie, slur, or brace.
4. Falconry.the act of binding.
5. Informal.a difficult situation or predicament: This schedule has us in a bind.