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1. to wrap with a binder or bandage.
2. to form a weak, reversible chemical bond, such as antigen to antibody or hormone to receptor.


1. To confine or encircle with a band or bandage.
2. To join together with a band or ligature.
3. To combine or unite molecules by means of reactive groups, either in the molecules themselves or in a chemical added for that purpose; frequently used in relation to chemical bonds that may be fairly easily broken (that is, noncovalent), as in the binding of a toxin with antitoxin, or a heavy metal with a chelating agent.
4. A close interpersonal relationship in which one person feels compelled to act in a certain way to obtain the approval of another.
[A.S. bindan]


Etymology: AS, binden
1 to bandage or wrap in a band.
2 to join together with a band or with a ligature.
3 (in chemistry) to combine or unite molecules by using reactive groups within the molecules or by using a binding chemical. Binding is especially associated with chemical bonds that are fairly easily broken, such as in the bonds between toxins and antitoxins.


n a feeling of resistance to motion within a joint or tissue. Also called
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Q. My friend has Progressive MS, he is bound to a wheelchair, Prognosis? How can I help? He must be moved by a Hoyer Lift, he has caregivers. He has a beautiful voice and does have enough ability to move in his chair around local community. He has some bad days with spacicity, I want to help but am unsure as to how? He is 60? or so and lives on his own, he has had MS for many years and a number of complications, such as pneumonia and decubitus. Please help me to help him!

A. There are a number of ideas and resources for social and recreational activities (i.e. wheelchair sports, dancing, travel, aviation, etc.) that may be helpful, which can be found at

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In this section, we discuss some areas where additional research on program analysis and program manipulation can have impact: (1) evolution [Parnas 1994; Lehman 1980] and reengineering [Chikofsky and Cross 1990], (2) dealing with issues of binding time, and (3) whole-program analysis.
the drafting of a binding time and material contract implementation schedule,
has been possible and actual simply and solely because the products of time- binding work not only survive, but naturally propagate their kind-- ideas begetting ideas, inventions leading to other inventions, knowledge breeding knowledge; we therefore know that the amount of progress which a single generation can make, if it has an adequate supply of raw material and is unhampered by hostile circumstances, depends, not only upon its native capacity for binding time, but also--and this is of the utmost importance--upon the total progress made by preceding generations .
Thoreau's mentor Ralph Waldo Emerson provided some insight as to why individuals have difficulty evaluating or binding time effectively.