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Meaning of bond by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • Rhymes: -ɒnd

    Etymology 1

    From Middle English bonde ( “peasant, servant, bondman” ), from Old English bōnda, būnda ( “householder, freeman, plebeian, husband” ), perhaps from Old Norse bóndi ( “husbandman, householder” ), or as a contraction of Old English būend ( “dweller, inhabitant” ). Both Old English & Old Norse, from Proto-Germanic *būwandz ( “dweller” ), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰeu- ( “to swell, grow” ). See also bower, boor .


    bond ( plural: bonds )

    1. A peasant; churl .
    2. A vassal; serf; one held in bondage to a superior .


    bond ( comparative more bond, superlative most bond )

    1. Subject to the tenure called bondage .
    2. In a state of servitude or slavedom; not free .
    3. Servile; slavish; pertaining to or befitting a slave .
      bond fear
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    Etymology 2

    From Middle English bond, variant of band, from Old English beand, bænd, bend ( “bond, chain, fetter, band, ribbon, ornament, chaplet, crown” ), from Proto-Germanic *bandaz, *bandiz ( “band, fetter” ), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰendʰ- ( “to tie, bind” ). Cognate with Dutch band, German Band, Swedish band. Related to bind .


    bond ( plural: bonds )

    1. ( law ) Evidence of a long-term debt, by which the bond issuer ( the borrower ) is obliged to pay interest when due, and repay the principal at maturity, as specified on the face of the bond certificate. The rights of the holder are specified in the bond indenture, which contains the legal terms and conditions under which the bond was issued. Bonds are available in two forms: registered bonds, and bearer bonds .
    2. ( finance ) A documentary obligation to pay a sum or to perform a contract; a debenture.
      Many say that government and corporate bonds are a good investment to balance against a portfolio consisting primarily of stocks .
    3. A physical connection which binds, a band; often plural .
      The prisoner was brought before the tribunal in iron bonds .
    4. An emotional link, connection or union .
      They had grown up as friends and neighbors, and not even vastly differing political views could break the bond of their friendship .
    5. ( chemistry ) A link or force between neighbouring atoms in a molecule .
      Organic chemistry primarily consists of the study of carbon bonds, in their many variations .
    6. A binding agreement, a covenant .
      Herbert resented his wife for subjecting him to the bonds of matrimony; he claimed they had gotten married while drunk .
    7. A bail bond .
      The bailiff released the prisoner as soon as the bond was posted .
    8. Any constraining or cementing force or material .
      A bond of superglue adhered the teacups to the ceiling, much to the consternation of the cafe owners .
    9. ( construction ) In building, a specific pattern of bricklaying .
    10. In Scotland, a mortgage .
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    bond ( third-person singular simple present bonds present participle bonding, simple past and past participle bonded )

    1. ( transitive ) To connect, secure or tie with a bond; to bind .
      The gargantuan ape was bonded in iron chains and carted onto the stage .
    2. ( transitive ) To cause to adhere ( one material with another ) .
      The children bonded their snapshots to the scrapbook pages with mucilage .
    3. ( transitive, chemistry ) To form a chemical compound with .
      Under unusual conditions, even gold can be made to bond with other elements .
    4. ( transitive ) To guarantee or secure a financial risk .
      The contractor was bonded with a local underwriter .
    5. To form a friendship or emotional connection .
      The men had bonded while serving together in Vietnam .
    6. ( transitive ) To put in a bonded warehouse .
    7. ( transitive, construction ) To lay bricks in a specific pattern .
    8. ( transitive, electricity ) To make a reliable electrical connection between two conductors ( or any pieces of metal that may potentially become conductors ) .
      A house's distribution panel should always be bonded to the grounding rods via a panel bond .
    9. to bail out by means of a bail bond
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Explanation of bond by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. stick to firmly

    2. bring together in a common cause or emotion

    3. issue bonds on

    4. create social or emotional ties

    5. The grandparents want to bond with the child
    1. a connection that fastens things together

    2. a restraint that confines or restricts freedom ( especially something used to tie down or restrain a prisoner )

    3. the property of sticking together ( as of glue and wood ) or the joining of surfaces of different composition

    4. British secret operative 007 in novels by Ian Fleming

    5. United States civil rights leader who was elected to the legislature in Georgia but was barred from taking his seat because he opposed the Vietnam War ( born 1940 )

    6. an electrical force linking atoms

    7. money that must be forfeited by the bondsman if an accused person fails to appear in court for trial

    8. a $10,000 bond was furnished by an alderman
    9. a certificate of debt ( usually interest-bearing or discounted ) that is issued by a government or corporation in order to raise money

    10. a connection based on kinship or marriage or common interest

    11. their friendship constitutes a powerful bond between them
    12. a superior quality of strong durable white writing paper