|1.||a firm cover or folder with rings or clasps for holding loose sheets of paper together|
|2.||a material used to bind separate particles together, give an appropriate consistency, or facilitate adhesion to a surface|
|3.||a. a person who binds books; bookbinder|
|b. a machine that is used to bind books|
|4.||something used to fasten or tie, such as rope or twine|
|5.||informal (NZ) a square meal|
|6.||obsolete Compare combine harvester Also called: reaper binder a machine for cutting grain and binding it into bundles or sheaves|
|7.||an informal agreement giving insurance coverage pending formal issue of a policy|
|8.||a tie, beam, or girder, used to support floor joists|
|9.||a stone for binding masonry; bondstone|
|10.||the nonvolatile component of the organic media in which pigments are dispersed in paint|
|11.||Compare linker (in systemic grammar) a word that introduces a bound clause; a subordinating conjunction or a relative pronoun|
binder bind·er (bīn'dər)
A broad bandage, especially one encircling the abdomen.
machine for cutting grain and binding it into bundles, once widely used to cut small grain such as wheat. The first patent was issued on a self-tie binder in 1850. The horse-drawn twine binder, first marketed in 1880, remained the chief method of harvesting small grain during the early decades of the 20th century. The mechanical twine knotter was patented in 1892 in the United States. Along with the header, which cut off the heads of grain and elevated them into a wagon for later threshing, the binder was standard harvesting equipment in the wheat-producing areas of the United States and Canada until the grain combine was adopted in the 1930s. Binders, using twine, not wire, were still used in the late 20th century to a limited extent on small farms.
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