Definition of binding in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbīndiNG/


1A strong covering holding the pages of a book together.
Example sentences
  • A beautiful book with perfect bindings and 5 star ratings?
  • The books themselves were dirty and well worn; their bindings held together by moth-eaten reddish cloth.
  • The book had a brown binding, spine nearly stripped of color, pages sticking out from the sides.
1.1Fabric such as braid used for binding the edges of a piece of material.
Example sentences
  • Make ties from ribbon or from leftover fabric or binding.
  • It was sparingly used to begin with, since precious woven stuff is wasted by this technique, and curved cut edges demand added binding or facing to stop the raw thread-ends from fraying.
  • When ever possible the combination of glue and a screw, nail or staple, a glue and a joint, a glue and stitching or binding, will guarantee a successful bond.
2 (also ski binding) A mechanical device fixed to a ski to grip a ski boot, especially either of a pair used for downhill skiing that hold the toe and heel of the boot and release it automatically in a fall.
Example sentences
  • The recipe is simple but tasty: add an ice skating blade with a clip-in ski binding to a skate-ski boot.
  • The Alpine Trekker is simply a dummy ski-boot sole that you clip into your alpine ski binding.
  • On March 19, 2003, Dynafit announced that they were bagging the Tri-Step ski binding.
3The action of fastening, holding together, or being linked by chemical bonds: the binding of antibodies to cell surfaces
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  • It remains to be shown that W512 is uniquely sensitive to nucleotide binding and hydrolysis in smooth muscle myosin.
  • Therefore, in our analysis, the effects of nucleotide binding and hydrolysis were not included.
  • It is worth reiterating that we do not take exception to two-step binding of myosin to actin.
3.1(In Chomskyan linguistics) the relationship between a referentially dependent form (such as a reflexive) and the independent noun phrase that determines its reference.
Example sentences
  • This has the consequence that the readings dependent on the long-distance binding of the reflexives are incorrectly ruled out.
  • Anaphoric binding relations are conditioned by a number of different factors, one of which is the verb, which may be marked for reflexivisation and may determine the binding domain of reflexives and pronouns which occur within its nucleus.
  • Semantic intransitives then, are one-place predicates including the ones that are 'derived' from two-place predicates by variable binding.


(Of an agreement or promise) involving an obligation that cannot be broken: business agreements are intended to be legally binding
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  • Following 18 months of peace negotiations a tiny flicker of hope has emerged promising a binding agreement to restore order.
  • According to specialists in labor law, a signed contract is a binding agreement.
  • Unless all the material terms of the proposed contract are agreed, there is no binding agreement.
irrevocable, unalterable, inescapable, unbreakable, contractual;
compulsory, obligatory, mandatory, incumbent

Words that rhyme with binding


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Syllabification: bind·ing

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