Pronunciation: (bond), [key]
1. something that binds, fastens, confines, or holds together.
2. a cord, rope, band, or ligament.
3. something that binds a person or persons to a certain circumstance or line of behavior: the bond of matrimony.
4. something, as an agreement or friendship, that unites individuals or peoples into a group; covenant: the bond between nations.
5. binding security; firm assurance: My word is my bond.
6. a sealed instrument under which a person, corporation, or government guarantees to pay a stated sum of money on or before a specified day.
7. any written obligation under seal.
8. Law.a written promise of a surety.
9. Govt.the state of dutiable goods stored without payment of duties or taxes until withdrawn: goods in bond.
10. Also called bonded whiskey. a whiskey that has been aged at least four years in a bonded warehouse before bottling.
11. Finance.a certificate of ownership of a specified portion of a debt due to be paid by a government or corporation to an individual holder and usually bearing a fixed rate of interest.
a. a surety agreement.
b. the money deposited, or the promissory arrangement entered into, under any such agreement.
13. a substance that causes particles to adhere; binder.
14. adhesion between two substances or objects, as concrete and reinforcing strands.
15. Also called chemical bond. Chem.the attraction between atoms in a molecule or crystalline structure. Cf. coordinate bond, covalent bond, electrovalent bond, hydrogen bond, metallic bond.
16. See bond paper.
a. any of various arrangements of bricks, stones, etc., having a regular pattern and intended to increase the strength or enhance the appearance of a construction.
b. the overlap of bricks, stones, etc., in a construction so as to increase its strength.
18. Elect.an electric conductor placed between adjacent metal parts within a structure, as in a railroad track, aircraft, or house, to prevent the accumulation of static electricity.
1. to put (goods, an employee, official, etc.) on or under bond: The company refused to bond a former criminal.
2. to connect or bind.
3. Finance.to place a bonded debt on or secure a debt by bonds; mortgage.
4. to join (two materials).
5. Masonry.to lay (bricks, stones, etc.) so as to produce a strong construction.
6. Elect.to provide with a bond: to bond a railroad track.
7. to establish a close emotional relationship to or with (another): the special period when a mother bonds to her infant.
1. to hold together or cohere, from or as from being bonded, as bricks in a wall or particles in a mass.
2. Psychol., Animal Behav.to establish a bonding.
Pronunciation: (bond), [key] Obs.
a serf or slave.
in serfdom or slavery.
Pronunciation: (bond), [key]
1. Carrie (nee Jacobs ), 1862–1946, U.S. songwriter and author.
2. Julian, born 1940, U.S. civil-rights leader and politician.
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