1 tie, fasten, secure, make fast, tie up:
The thieves bound him hand and foot.
2 constrain; hold, oblige, obligate:
The contract we signed is equally binding on both parties. The union is bound by an agreement that expires in a month.
3 gird, encircle, wreathe, wrap, cover, swathe, bandage:
They were binding his wounded head.
4 cement, stick, cause to adhere; attach, connect:
Ordinary glue will bind these pieces together.
5 Colloq US dilemma, predicament, tight spot, (difficult) situation, Colloq pickle, fix, jam:
I'm in a real bind because I've invited two girls to the party.
6 Colloq Brit annoyance, irritant, bother, bore, trial, ordeal, irritation, vexation, Colloq pain (in the neck or arse):
It was a bit of a bind having to wait three hours at the airport.