Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Binarseniate noun [ Prefix bin- + arseniate .] (Chemistry) A salt having two equivalents of arsenic acid to one of the base. Graham.
Binary adjective [ Latin binarius , from bini two by two, two at a time, from root of bis twice; akin to English two : confer French binaire .] Compounded or consisting of two things or parts; characterized by two (things). Binary arithmetic , that in which numbers are expressed according to the binary scale, or in which two figures only, 0 and 1, are used, in lieu of ten; the cipher multiplying everything by two, as in common arithmetic by ten. Thus, 1 is one; 10 is two; 11 is three; 100 is four, etc. Davies & Peck. -- Binary compound (Chemistry) , a compound of two elements, or of an element and a compound performing the function of an element, or of two compounds performing the function of elements. -- Binary logarithms , a system of logarithms devised by Euler for facilitating musical calculations, in which 1 is the logarithm of 2, instead of 10, as in the common logarithms, and the modulus 1.442695 instead of .43429448. -- Binary measure (Mus.) , measure divisible by two or four; common time. -- Binary nomenclature (Nat. Hist.) , nomenclature in which the names designate both genus and species. -- Binary scale (Arith.) , a uniform scale of notation whose ratio is two. -- Binary star (Astron.) , a double star whose members have a revolution round their common center of gravity. -- Binary theory (Chemistry) , the theory that all chemical compounds consist of two constituents of opposite and unlike qualities.
Binary noun That which is constituted of two figures, things, or parts; two; duality. Fotherby.
Binate adjective [ Latin bini two and two.] (Botany) Double; growing in pairs or couples. Gray.
Binaural adjective [ Prefix bin- + aural .] Of or pertaining to, or used by, both ears.
Binbashi noun [ Turk., prop., chief of a thousand; bin thousand + bash head.] (Mil.) A major in the Turkish army.
Bind transitive verb
[ imperfect Bound
; past participle Bound
, formerly Bounden
; present participle & verbal noun Binding
.] [ Anglo-Saxon bindan
, perfect tense band
, past participle bunden
; akin to D. & German binden
, Danish binde
, Swedish & Icelandic binda
, Goth. bindan
, Sanskrit bandh
) to bind, confer Greek ...
) cable, and Latin offendix
. √90.] 1. To tie, or confine with a cord, band, ligature, chain, etc.; to fetter; to make fast; as, to bind grain in bundles; to bind a prisoner. 2. To confine, restrain, or hold by physical force or influence of any kind; as, attraction binds the planets to the sun; frost binds the earth, or the streams.
He bindeth the floods from overflowing.
Job xxviii. 11.
Whom Satan hath bound , lo, these eighteen years. 3. To cover, as with a bandage; to bandage or dress; -- sometimes with up ; as, to bind up a wound. 4. To make fast ( a thing) about or upon something, as by tying; to encircle with something; as, to bind a belt about one; to bind a compress upon a part. 5. To prevent or restrain from customary or natural action; as, certain drugs bind the bowels. 6. To protect or strengthen by a band or binding, as the edge of a carpet or garment. 7. To sew or fasten together, and inclose in a cover; as, to bind a book. 8. Fig.: To oblige, restrain, or hold, by authority, law, duty, promise, vow, affection, or other moral tie; as, to bind the conscience; to bind by kindness; bound by affection; commerce binds nations to each other.
Luke xiii. 16.
Who made our laws to bind us, not himself. 9. (Law) (a) To bring (any one) under definite legal obligations; esp. under the obligation of a bond or covenant. Abbott. (b) To place under legal obligation to serve; to indenture; as, to bind an apprentice; -- sometimes with out ; as, bound out to service. To bind over
, to put under bonds to do something, as to appear at court, to keep the peace, etc.
-- To bind to
, to contract; as, to bind one's self to a wife.
-- To bind up in
, to cause to be wholly engrossed with; to absorb in. Syn.
-- To fetter; tie; fasten; restrain; restrict; oblige.
Bind intransitive verb 1. To tie; to confine by any ligature.
They that reap must sheaf and bind . 2. To contract; to grow hard or stiff; to cohere or stick together in a mass; as, clay binds by heat. Mortimer. 3. To be restrained from motion, or from customary or natural action, as by friction. 4. To exert a binding or restraining influence. Locke.
1. That which binds or ties. 2. Any twining or climbing plant or stem, esp. a hop vine; a bine. 3. (Metal.) Indurated clay, when much mixed with the oxide of iron. Kirwan. 4. (Mus.) A ligature or tie for grouping notes.
1. One who binds; as, a binder of sheaves; one whose trade is to bind; as, a binder of books. 2. Anything that binds, as a fillet, cord, rope, or band; a bandage; -- esp. the principal piece of timber intended to bind together any building.
Bindery noun A place where books, or other articles, are bound; a bookbinder's establishment.
Bindheimite noun [ From Bindheim , a German who analyzed it.] (Min.) An amorphous antimonate of lead, produced from the alteration of other ores, as from jamesonite.
Binding adjective That binds; obligatory. Binding beam (Architecture) , the main timber in double flooring. -- Binding joist (Architecture) , the secondary timber in double-framed flooring. Syn. -- Obligatory; restraining; restrictive; stringent; astringent; costive; styptic.
1. The act or process of one who, or that which, binds. 2. Anything that binds; a bandage; the cover of a book, or the cover with the sewing, etc.; something that secures the edge of cloth from raveling. 3. plural (Nautical) The transoms, knees, beams, keelson, and other chief timbers used for connecting and strengthening the parts of a vessel.
Binding post (Electricity) A metallic post attached to electrical apparatus for convenience in making connections.
Binding screw A set screw used to bind parts together, esp. one for making a connection in an electrical circuit.
Bindingly adverb So as to bind.
Bindingness noun The condition or property of being binding; obligatory quality. Coleridge.
Bindweed noun (Botany) A plant of the genus Convolvulus ; as, greater bindweed ( C. Sepium ); lesser bindweed ( C. arvensis ); the white, the blue, the Syrian, bindweed . The black bryony, or Tamus , is called black bindweed , and the Smilax aspera , rough bindweed .
The fragile bindweed bells and bryony rings.
, confer Woodbine
.] The winding or twining stem of a hop vine or other climbing plant.
Binervate adjective [ Latin bis twice + nervus sinew, nerve.]
1. (Botany) Two- nerved; -- applied to leaves which have two longitudinal ribs or nerves. 2. (Zoology) Having only two nerves, as the wings of some insects.
Bing noun [ Confer Icelandic bingr , Swedish binge , German beige , beuge . Confer Prov. English bink bench, and bench coal the uppermost stratum of coal.] A heap or pile; as, a bing of wood. "Potato bings ." Burns. "A bing of corn." Surrey. [ Obsolete or Dial. Eng. & Scot.]
Bink noun A bench. [ North of Eng. & Scot.]
[ For bittacle
, corrupted (perh. by influence of bin
) from Portuguese bitacola
binnacle, from Latin habitaculum
dwelling place, from habitare
to dwell. See Habit
, and confer Bittacle
.] (Nautical) A case or box placed near the helmsman, containing the compass of a ship, and a light to show it at night. Totten.
Binny noun (Zoology) A large species of barbel ( Barbus bynni ), found in the Nile, and much esteemed for food.
Binocle noun [ French binocle ; Latin bini two at a time + oculus eye.] (Opt.) A dioptric telescope, fitted with two tubes joining, so as to enable a person to view an object with both eyes at once; a double-barreled field glass or an opera glass.
[ Confer French binoculaire
. See Binocle
.] 1. Having two eyes.
"Most animals are binocular
." Derham. 2. Pertaining to both eyes; employing both eyes at once; as, binocular vision. 3. Adapted to the use of both eyes; as, a binocular microscope or telescope. Brewster.
Binocular noun A binocular glass, whether opera glass, telescope, or microscope.
Binocularly adverb In a binocular manner.
Binoculate adjective Having two eyes.
[ Latin bis
twice + nomen
name: confer French binome
, Late Latin binomius
(or from bi-
+ Greek ...
distribution ?). Confer Monomial
.] (Alg.) An expression consisting of two terms connected by the sign plus (+) or minus (-); as, a + b , or 7 - 3 .
Binomial adjective Binomial theorem (Alg.) , the theorem which expresses the law of formation of any power of a binomial.
1. Consisting of two terms; pertaining to binomials; as, a binomial root. 2. (Nat. Hist.) Having two names; -- used of the system by which every animal and plant receives two names, the one indicating the genus, the other the species, to which it belongs.
[ See Binomial
.] Of or pertaining to two names; binomial.
Binominous adjective Binominal. [ Obsolete]
Binotonous adjective [ Latin bini two at a time + tonus , from Greek ... , tone.] Consisting of two notes; as, a binotonous cry.
Binous adjective Same as Binate .
Binoxalate noun [ Prefix bin- + oxalate .] (Chemistry) A salt having two equivalents of oxalic acid to one of the base; an acid oxalate.
[ Prefix bin-
.] (Chemistry) Same as Dioxide .
Binturong noun (Zoology) A small Asiatic civet of the genus Arctilis .
Binuclear, Binucleate adjective [ Prefix bi- + nuclear , nucleate .] (Biol.) Having two nuclei; as, binucleate cells.
Binucleolate adjective [ Prefix bi- + nucleolus .] (Biol.) Having two nucleoli.
[ Greek ...
life + -blast
.] (Biol.) Same as Bioplast .
[ Latin bis
twice + ocellatus
. See Ocellated
.] (Zoology) Having two ocelli (eyelike spots); -- said of a wing, etc.
Biochemistry noun [ Greek ... life + English chemistry .] (Biol.) The chemistry of living organisms; the chemistry of the processes incidental to, and characteristic of, life.
Biodynamic, Biodynamical adjective (Biol.) Of or pertaining to biodynamics, or the doctrine of vital forces or energy.
Biodynamics noun [ Greek ... life + English dynamics .] (Biol.) The doctrine of vital forces or energy.
Biodynamics noun The branch of biology which treats of the active vital phenomena of organisms; -- opposed to biostatics .
Biogen noun [ Greek ... life + -gen .] (Biol.) Bioplasm.
Biogenesis, Biogeny noun [ Greek ... life + ... , ... , birth.] (Biol.) (a) A doctrine that the genesis or production of living organisms can take place only through the agency of living germs or parents; -- opposed to abiogenesis . (b) Life development generally.