2. To confine, restrain, or hold by physical force or influence of any kind; as, attraction binds the planets to the sun; frost binds the earth, or the streams. He bindeth the floods from overflowing. (job xxviii. 11) Whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years. (Luke xiii. 16)
8. To oblige, restrain, or hold, by authority, law, duty, promise, vow, affection, or other moral tie; as, to bind the conscience; to bind by kindness; bound by affection; commerce binds nations to each other. Who made our laws to bind us, not himself. (Milton)
9. To bring (any one) under definite legal obligations; especially. Under the obligation of a bond or covenant. To place under legal obligation to serve; to indenture; as, to bind an apprentice; sometimes with out; as, bound out to service. To bind over, to put under bonds to do something, as to appear at court, to keep the peace, etc. To bind to, to contract; as, to bind one's self to a wife. To bind up in, to cause to be wholly engrossed with; to absorb in.
Origin: Bound; bound, formerly Bounden; Binding] [AS. Bindan, perfect tense band, bundon, p. P. Bunden; akin to D. & g. Binden, dan. Binde, Sw. & Icel. Binda, goth. Bindan, Skr. Bandh (for bhandh) to bind, cf. Gr. (for) cable, and L. Offendix.