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v. bound (bound), bind·ing, binds
a. To tie or secure, as with a rope or cord.
b. To hold or restrain by tying with rope or bonds: bound the prisoner.
a. To fasten or wrap by encircling, as with a belt or ribbon: a dress bound with a sash.
b. To bandage: bound up their wounds.
a. To compel, constrain, or unite: bound by a deep sense of duty; bound by a common interest in sports.
b. To make certain or irrevocable: bind the deal with a down payment.
c. Law To place under legal obligation.
d. To apprentice or indenture: was bound out as a servant.
4. Chemistry To combine with, form a chemical bond with, or be taken up by, as an enzyme with its substrate.
a. To cause to cohere or stick together in a mass: Bind the dry ingredients with milk and eggs.
b. To constipate.
6. To enclose and fasten (the pages of a book or other printed material) between covers.
7. To furnish with an edge or border for protection, reinforcement, or ornamentation.
1. To tie up or fasten something.
2. To stick or become stuck: applied a lubricant to keep the moving parts from binding.
3. To be uncomfortably tight or restricting, as clothes.
4. To become compact or solid; cohere.
5. To be compelling, constraining, or unifying: moved to her home town because of the ties that bind.
6. Chemistry To combine chemically or form a chemical bond.
a. The act of binding.
b. The state of being bound.
c. Something that binds.
d. A place where something binds: a bind halfway up the seam of the skirt.
2. Informal A difficult, restrictive, or unresolvable situation: found themselves in a bind when their car broke down.
3. Music A tie, slur, or brace.
Phrasal Verbs:
bind off
To cast off in knitting.
bind over Law
To hold under legal obligation, as to bind over a party accused of crime to appear before a grand jury or in a particular court.

[Middle English binden, from Old English bindan; see bhendh- in Indo-European roots.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.bind off - finish the last row
knitting, knitwork, knit - needlework created by interlacing yarn in a series of connected loops using straight eyeless needles or by machine
tie, bind - fasten or secure with a rope, string, or cord; "They tied their victim to the chair"
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At the armhole, instead of binding off 3 stitches at the beginning of rows, you'll bind off 2 stitches on each side of the markers, so 4 stitches total for the first bind off at each armhole.
99), a fine compendium of specific instructions on how to cast on and bind off.
Indonesian weavers are known for a technique called ikat, which means "to tie" or "to bind off.
Pen in hand With pen in hand I'm ready to write But not a thought in my head A cup of coffee may do the trick If not I'll go back to bed There are plenty of subjects to write about How come I can't think of one My mind was full an hour ago And now it's just all gone I've racked my brains all afternoon Still nothing comes to mind It shouldn't be this difficult Oh, what a bind Off to bed I'm tired out Drift off and get some sleep Perhaps I'll dream what to write about Or maybe just count sheep ANDREA GRIST, Newcastle.