a person or thing that binds.
a detachable cover, resembling the cover of a notebook or book, with clasps or rings for holding loose papers together:
a three-ring binder.
a person who binds books; a bookbinder.
Insurance. an agreement by which property or liability coverage is granted pending issuance of a policy.

an attachment to a harvester or reaper for binding the cut grain.
Also called self-binder. a machine that cuts and binds grain.

Chemistry. any substance that causes the components of a mixture to cohere.
Painting. a vehicle in which pigment is suspended.
(in powder metallurgy) a substance for holding compacted metal powder together while it is being sintered.
Building Trades.

a stone, as a perpend, for bonding masonry.
a girder supporting the ends of two sets of floor joists.
a material for holding loose material together, as in a macadamized road.
stirrup (def 4).

British, Australian Slang. a large quantity, especially of food.
Contemporary Examples

The GOP’s Candy Strategy Howard Kurtz October 16, 2012
Los Angeles Politics Needs More Women John Phillips May 18, 2013
Oligarch v. Oligarch: London’s Courts Attract Litigious Tycoons Mike Giglio July 22, 2012
Mitt Romney’s ‘Binders Full of Women’ Comment Sets Internet Ablaze Marlow Stern October 16, 2012
Inside ‘Mitt,’ Netflix’s All-Access Mitt Romney Documentary Marlow Stern January 16, 2014

Historical Examples

Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 2 Various
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 17, Slice 5 Various
Cooley’s Practical Receipts, Volume II Arnold Cooley
The Barnet Book of Photography Various
Library Bookbinding Arthur Low Bailey

a firm cover or folder with rings or clasps for holding loose sheets of paper together
a material used to bind separate particles together, give an appropriate consistency, or facilitate adhesion to a surface

a person who binds books; bookbinder
a machine that is used to bind books

something used to fasten or tie, such as rope or twine
(NZ, informal) a square meal
(obsolete) Also called reaper binder. a machine for cutting grain and binding it into bundles or sheaves Compare combine harvester
an informal agreement giving insurance coverage pending formal issue of a policy
a tie, beam, or girder, used to support floor joists
a stone for binding masonry; bondstone
the nonvolatile component of the organic media in which pigments are dispersed in paint
(in systemic grammar) a word that introduces a bound clause; a subordinating conjunction or a relative pronoun Compare linker (sense 2)


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