Pronunciation: (bond), [key]
1. something that binds, fastens, confines, or holds together.
2. a cord, rope, band, or ligament.
3. something that binds a person or persons to a certain circumstance or line of behavior: the bond of matrimony.
4. something, as an agreement or friendship, that unites individuals or peoples into a group; covenant: the bond between nations.
5. binding security; firm assurance: My word is my bond.
6. a sealed instrument under which a person, corporation, or government guarantees to pay a stated sum of money on or before a specified day.
7. any written obligation under seal.
8. Law.a written promise of a surety.
9. Govt.the state of dutiable goods stored without payment of duties or taxes until withdrawn: goods in bond.
10. Also called bonded whiskey. a whiskey that has been aged at least four years in a bonded warehouse before bottling.
11. Finance.a certificate of ownership of a specified portion of a debt due to be paid by a government or corporation to an individual holder and usually bearing a fixed rate of interest.
12. Insurance.
a. a surety agreement.
b. the money deposited, or the promissory arrangement entered into, under any such agreement.
13. a substance that causes particles to adhere; binder.
14. adhesion between two substances or objects, as concrete and reinforcing strands.
15. Also called chemical bond. Chem.the attraction between atoms in a molecule or crystalline structure. Cf. coordinate bond, covalent bond, electrovalent bond, hydrogen bond, metallic bond.
16. See bond paper.
17. Masonry.
a. any of various arrangements of bricks, stones, etc., having a regular pattern and intended to increase the strength or enhance the appearance of a construction.
b. the overlap of bricks, stones, etc., in a construction so as to increase its strength.
18. electric conductor placed between adjacent metal parts within a structure, as in a railroad track, aircraft, or house, to prevent the accumulation of static electricity.
19. Obs.bondsman1.

1. to put (goods, an employee, official, etc.) on or under bond: The company refused to bond a former criminal.
2. to connect or bind.
3. place a bonded debt on or secure a debt by bonds; mortgage.
4. to join (two materials).
5. lay (bricks, stones, etc.) so as to produce a strong construction.
6. provide with a bond: to bond a railroad track.
7. to establish a close emotional relationship to or with (another): the special period when a mother bonds to her infant.

1. to hold together or cohere, from or as from being bonded, as bricks in a wall or particles in a mass.
2. Psychol., Animal establish a bonding.


Pronunciation: (bond), [key] Obs.

a serf or slave.

in serfdom or slavery.


Pronunciation: (bond), [key]
1. Carrie (nee Jacobs ), 1862–1946, U.S. songwriter and author.
2. Julian, born 1940, U.S. civil-rights leader and politician.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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