Syn. Obligatory; restraining; restrictive; stringent; astringent; costive; styptic.
1. The act or process of one who, or that which, binds.
2. Anything that binds; a bandage; the cover of a book, or the cover with the sewing, etc.; something that
secures the edge of cloth from raveling.
3. pl. (Naut.) The transoms, knees, beams, keelson, and other chief timbers used for connecting and
strengthening the parts of a vessel.
(Bind"ing*ly), adv. So as to bind.
(Bind"ing*ness), n. The condition or property of being binding; obligatory quality. Coleridge.
(Bind"weed`) n. (Bot.) A plant of the genus Convolvulus; as, greater bindweed (C. Sepium); lesser
bindweed (C. arvensis); the white, the blue, the Syrian, bindweed. The black bryony, or Tamus, is called
black bindweed, and the Smilax aspera, rough bindweed.
The fragile bindweed bells and bryony rings.
(Bine) n. [Bind, cf. Woodbine.] The winding or twining stem of a hop vine or other climbing
(Bi*nerv"ate) a. [L. bis twice + nervus sinew, nerve.]
1. (Bot.) Two- nerved; applied to leaves which have two longitudinal ribs or nerves.
2. (Zoöl.) Having only two nerves, as the wings of some insects.
(Bing) n. [Cf. Icel. bingr, Sw. binge, G. beige, beuge. Cf. Prov. E. bink bench, and bench
coal the uppermost stratum of coal.] A heap or pile; as, a bing of wood. "Potato bings." Burns. "A
bing of corn." Surrey. [Obs. or Dial. Eng. & Scot.]
(Bin*i"o*dide) n. Same as Diiodide.
(Bink) n. A bench. [North of Eng. & Scot.]
(Bin"na*cle) n. [For bittacle, corrupted (perh. by influence of bin) fr. Pg. bitacola binnacle,
fr. L. habitaculum dwelling place, fr. habitare to dwell. See Habit, and cf. Bittacle.] (Naut.) A case
or box placed near the helmsman, containing the compass of a ship, and a light to show it at night. Totten.