1. a person or thing that binds.
  2. a detachable cover, resembling the cover of a notebook or book, with clasps or rings for holding loose papers together: a three-ring binder.
  3. a person who binds books; a bookbinder.
  4. Insurance. an agreement by which property or liability coverage is granted pending issuance of a policy.
  5. Agriculture.
    1. an attachment to a harvester or reaper for binding the cut grain.
    2. Also called self-binder.a machine that cuts and binds grain.
  6. Chemistry. any substance that causes the components of a mixture to cohere.
  7. Painting. a vehicle in which pigment is suspended.
  8. (in powder metallurgy) a substance for holding compacted metal powder together while it is being sintered.
  9. Building Trades.
    1. a stone, as a perpend, for bonding masonry.
    2. a girder supporting the ends of two sets of floor joists.
    3. a material for holding loose material together, as in a macadamized road.
    4. stirrup(def 4).
  10. British, Australian Slang. a large quantity, especially of food.


  1. a firm cover or folder with rings or clasps for holding loose sheets of paper together
  2. a material used to bind separate particles together, give an appropriate consistency, or facilitate adhesion to a surface
    1. a person who binds books; bookbinder
    2. a machine that is used to bind books
  3. something used to fasten or tie, such as rope or twine
  4. NZ informal a square meal
  5. Also called: reaper binder obsolete a machine for cutting grain and binding it into bundles or sheavesCompare combine harvester
  6. an informal agreement giving insurance coverage pending formal issue of a policy
  7. a tie, beam, or girder, used to support floor joists
  8. a stone for binding masonry; bondstone
  9. the nonvolatile component of the organic media in which pigments are dispersed in paint
  10. (in systemic grammar) a word that introduces a bound clause; a subordinating conjunction or a relative pronounCompare linker (def. 2)

Old English bindere “one who binds” (see bind). Of various objects or products that bind, from early 16c.


  1. A broad bandage, especially one encircling the abdomen.

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