Definition of bond in English:


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Pronunciation: /bɒnd


  • 2An agreement with legal force, in particular:
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    • Marriage as a legal bond may become outdated, but I doubt it.
    • Their bond is purely legal, familial, and time bound.
    • It is logical because it is a legal bond, supposedly proof to the world that two people are in love, like a big advert.
  • 2.1 Law A deed by which a person is committed to make payment to another.
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    • The contract is to be found in the terms of the Trust Deed and of the bonds.
    • There are no options under a payment bond except to pay on default by the principal.
    • The numbers do not reflect the fact that the company is claiming some $244,000 in principal payment on bonds posted on this project.
  • 2.2 South African term for mortgage.
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    • Naturally people with bonds, loans and the likes will have something left in their pocket.
  • 2.3A certificate issued by a government or a public company promising to repay borrowed money at a fixed rate of interest at a specified time.
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    • Alternatively, the government may seek to borrow the money, by issuing Treasury bills and bonds to the public.
    • Debt repayments have been funded in part by new issues of government bonds but the money markets are concerned that this cannot continue indefinitely.
    • Interest rates on government bonds of EMU member states have converged.
  • 2.4An insurance policy held by a company, which protects against losses resulting from circumstances such as bankruptcy.
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    • Each union must buy an insurance bond to protect members against fraud on the part of its staff, and must also meet stringent solvency regulations.
    • He says the insurance bond provides deserved protection for employees who put a lot into the company.
    • We have received quite a few e-mails over recent weeks about pensions, investments and insurance bonds.
  • 2.5US A sum of money paid as bail.
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    • A Columbia University graduate, Rodriguez fell into bail bonds when he was looking to augment his salary from his printing business.
    • Very rarely do you get a bond or bail if the death penalty is being sought.
    • And I suspect that it is money that has motivated Vollmann to include the bail bond chapter in The Royal Family.
  • 3 (also chemical bond) A strong force of attraction holding atoms together in a molecule or crystal, resulting from the sharing or transfer of electrons: each carbon atom uses three electrons to form bonds with the adjacent atoms
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    • The electrons that are shared by the atoms to form the bond belong to one of these molecular orbitals.
    • A covalent bond is a bond formed when two atoms share a pair of electrons.
    • Opposing this tendency is the covalent bond holding the HCl molecule together.
  • 4 [with modifier] Building A pattern in which bricks are laid in order to ensure the strength of the resulting structure: stretcher bond
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    • Bricks shall be laid in running or stretcher bond with control joints as noted on drawings.
    • Like conventional bricks, adobes are laid in a running bond - an overlapping pattern - then mortared in place with adobe mud.
    • The job requires a master mason to set the first course, grout bond beams, and install and tension the post-tension tendons.


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  • 1Join or be joined securely to something else, especially by means of an adhesive substance, heat, or pressure: [with object]: press the material to bond the layers together [no object]: this material will bond well to stainless steel rods (as adjective bonding) a bonding agent
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    • A technique first used in the aerospace industry, weld bonding uses a structural adhesive film to reduce the number of spot welds.
    • We bonded them with an adhesive that cannot ever be destroyed.
    • Tests produced adhesives that bonded to cloth, glass, leather, metal, paper, plastic, and other materials.
  • 1.1 [no object] Establish a relationship or link with someone based on shared feelings, interests, or experiences: the failure to properly bond with their children (as noun modifier bonding) the film has some great male bonding scenes
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    • A club or sports team you're into is also a great place to bond with people who share your interests.
    • Here we see Harry - who once ran and hid from the relationship - actively create more opportunities to bond with Mary.
    • The purpose of these rituals is to enable young people to bond with others with whom they have undergone painful experiences.
  • 2Join or be joined by a chemical bond: [no object]: neutral molecules bond to the central atom
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    • The walls are made of sugar molecules bonded by amino acids, Tenover explains, and vancomycin attacks the amino acid links.
    • Quantum dots can bond chemically to biological molecules, enabling them to trace specific proteins within cells.
    • Complex ions are ions that have a molecular structure consisting of a central atom bonded to other atoms by coordinate covalent bonds.
  • 3 [with object] (usually as adjective bonding) Lay (bricks) in an overlapping pattern so as to form a strong structure: a bonding course
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    • The projecting bastions are drum-shaped, built of stone laced with horizontal bonding courses of red tile.
    • The user can change brick colors, bonding patterns, coursing, and mortar colors instantly.
    • An ingenious pattern of brickwork bonding was adopted to ensure satisfactory composite action.
  • 4 (usually as noun bonding) Place (dutiable goods) in bond: they want the introduction of bonding to guarantee that consignments will be properly handled
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    • Joint guarantee provided by several bonding companies are allowed.
    • I speak specifically of lenders, bonding companies, etc.
    • Both States had huge, irresponsible tax cuts which they paid for in part by bonding and borrowing.


in bond

(Of dutiable goods) stored in a bonded warehouse until the importer pays the duty owing.
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  • Excisable products like cigarettes, liquor and fuel are subject to special rules and removal in bond is only allowed in exceptional cases and under strict Customs supervision.
  • Sulmach executive assistant Ken Mtonga explained that goods that met the Zambian customs requirement would first be held in bond and later sold to the Zambian market.
  • They argued that it could prove detrimental by pumping up incipient bubbles in bond, stock, and housing prices.


Middle English: variant of band1.

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