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binding

[bahyn-ding] /ˈbaɪn dɪŋ/
noun
1.
the act of fastening, securing, uniting, or the like.
2.
anything that binds.
3.
the covering within which the leaves of a book are bound.
4.
a strip of material that protects or decorates the edge of a tablecloth, rug, etc.
5.
Skiing. a mechanical device on a ski, usually made of metal, that fastens the boot securely to the ski.
adjective
6.
that binds; restrictive.
7.
having power to bind or oblige; obligatory:
a binding promise.
Origin
1200-1250
1200-50; Middle English; see bind, -ing1, -ing2
Related forms
bindingly, adverb
bindingness, noun
nonbinding, adjective
nonbindingly, adverb
nonbindingness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for nonbinding

binding

/ˈbaɪndɪŋ/
noun
1.
anything that binds or fastens
2.
the covering within which the pages of a book are bound
3.
the material or tape used for binding hems, etc
adjective
4.
imposing an obligation or duty: a binding promise
5.
causing hindrance; restrictive
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Word Origin and History for nonbinding

binding

n.

mid-13c., verbal noun from bind (v.). Meaning "thing that binds" is from c.1300; "state of being bound" is from late 14c. Meaning "covering of a book" is recorded from 1640s.

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