The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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.
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
Whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years.
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.
(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
Syn: To fetter; tie; fasten; restrain; restrict; oblige.