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Etymology 1Edit

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.


bond (plural bonds)

  1. A peasant; churl.
  2. A vassal; serf; one held in bondage to a superior.


bond (comparative more bond, superlative most bond)

  1. Subject to the tenure called bondage.
  2. In a state of servitude or slavedom; not free.
  3. Servile; slavish; pertaining to or befitting a slave.
    bond fear
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Etymology 2Edit

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)

  1. (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.
  2. (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:
      News of the big bond purchases came a day before the leaders of Germany and France meet to discuss the debt crisis.
    • 2013 July 6, “The rise of smart beta”, The Economist, volume 408, number 8843, page 68: 
      Investors face a quandary. Cash offers a return of virtually zero in many developed countries; government-bond yields may have risen in recent weeks but they are still unattractive. Equities have suffered two big bear markets since 2000 and are wobbling again. It is hardly surprising that pension funds, insurers and endowments are searching for new sources of return.
    Many say that government and corporate bonds are a good investment to balance against a portfolio consisting primarily of stocks.
  3. A physical connection which binds, a band; often plural.
    The prisoner was brought before the tribunal in iron bonds.
  4. An emotional link, connection or union.
    They had grown up as friends and neighbors, and not even vastly differing political views could break the bond of their friendship.
    • Burke
      a people with whom I have no tie but the common bond of mankind
  5. Moral or political duty or obligation.
    • Shakespeare
      I love your majesty / According to my bond, nor more nor less.
  6. (chemistry) A link or force between neighbouring atoms in a molecule.
    Organic chemistry primarily consists of the study of carbon bonds, in their many variations.
  7. A binding agreement, a covenant.
    Herbert resented his wife for subjecting him to the bonds of matrimony; he claimed they had gotten married while drunk.
  8. A bail bond.
    The bailiff released the prisoner as soon as the bond was posted.
  9. Any constraining or cementing force or material.
    A bond of superglue adhered the teacups to the ceiling, much to the consternation of the cafe owners.
  10. (construction) In building, a specific pattern of bricklaying.
  11. In Scotland, a mortgage.
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bond (third-person singular simple present bonds, present participle bonding, simple past and past participle bonded)

  1. (transitive) To connect, secure or tie with a bond; to bind.
    The gargantuan ape was bonded in iron chains and carted onto the stage.
  2. (transitive) To cause to adhere (one material with another).
    The children bonded their snapshots to the scrapbook pages with mucilage.
  3. (transitive, chemistry) To form a chemical compound with.
    Under unusual conditions, even gold can be made to bond with other elements.
  4. (transitive) To guarantee or secure a financial risk.
    The contractor was bonded with a local underwriter.
  5. To form a friendship or emotional connection.
    The men had bonded while serving together in Vietnam.
  6. (transitive) To put in a bonded warehouse.
  7. (transitive, construction) To lay bricks in a specific pattern.
  8. (transitive, electricity) To make a reliable electrical connection between two conductors (or any pieces of metal that may potentially become conductors).
    A house's distribution panel should always be bonded to the grounding rods via a panel bond.
  9. 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:
      In the August election of 1874 I bonded out of jail eighteen colored men that had been in there, and there has not one of them been tried yet, and they never will be.
    • 1995, Herman Beavers, Wrestling angels into song: the fictions of Ernest J. Gaines, page 28:
      In jail for killing a man, Procter Lewis is placed in a cell where he is faced with a choice: he can be bonded out of jail by Roger Medlow, the owner of the plantation where he lives, or he can serve his time in the penitentiary.
    • 2001, Elaine J. Lawless, Women escaping violence: empowerment through narrative, page xxi:
      And no, you cannot drive her down to the bank to see if her new AFDC card is activated and drop her kids off at school for her because she didn't think to get her car before he bonded out of jail.
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bond m (plural bonden, diminutive bondje n)

  1. society, fellowship
  2. union, association, guild
    vakbond - trade union
  3. coalition, alliance, league
    Volkenbond - League of Nations



  1. singular past indicative of binden



From bondir.



bond m (plural bonds)

  1. jump, bound, leap
  2. bounce

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