- Rhymes: -ɒnd
- Subject to the tenure called bondage .
- In a state of servitude or slavedom; not free .
- Servile; slavish; pertaining to or befitting a slave .
- ( 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 .
- ( finance ) A documentary obligation to pay a sum or to perform a contract; a debenture.
- 2011 August 16, AP, “ECB in record bond buying spree”, The Sydney Morning Herald:
- A physical connection which binds, a band; often plural .
- An emotional link, connection or union .
- ( chemistry ) A link or force between neighbouring atoms in a molecule .
- A binding agreement, a covenant .
- A bail bond .
- Any constraining or cementing force or material .
- ( construction ) In building, a specific pattern of bricklaying .
- In Scotland, a mortgage .
- bail bond
- bond paper
- bond discount
- bond for deed
- bond for general purposes
- bond issue
- bond premium
- bonded debt
- bearer bond
- completion bond
- corporate bond
- ( transitive ) To connect, secure or tie with a bond; to bind .
- ( transitive ) To cause to adhere ( one material with another ) .
- ( transitive, chemistry ) To form a chemical compound with .
- ( transitive ) To guarantee or secure a financial risk .
- To form a friendship or emotional connection .
- ( transitive ) To put in a bonded warehouse .
- ( transitive, construction ) To lay bricks in a specific pattern .
- ( transitive, electricity ) To make a reliable electrical connection between two conductors ( or any pieces of metal that may potentially become conductors ) .
- to bail out by means of a bail bond
- 1877, Report No. 704 of proceedings In the Senate of the United States, 44th Congress, 2nd Session, page 642:
- 1995, Herman Beavers, Wrestling angels into song: the fictions of Ernest J. Gaines, page 28:
- 2001, Elaine J. Lawless, Women escaping violence: empowerment through narrative, page xxi:
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 .
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 )
Explanation of bond by Wordnet Dictionary