bond

/bˈɑnd/

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noun:

  1. A documentary obligation to pay a sum or to perform a contract; a debenture.
  2. A peasant; churl.
  3. Any constraining or cementing force or material.
  4. 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.
  5. A physical connection which binds, a band.
  6. In building, a specific pattern of bricklaying.
  7. A partial payment made to show a provider that the customer is sincere about buying a product or a service. If the product or service is not purchased the customer then forfeits the bond.
  8. An emotional link, connection or union; that which holds two or more people together, as in a friendship; a tie.
  9. A vassal; serf; one held in bondage to a superior.
  10. In Scotland, a mortgage.
  11. A link or force between neighbouring atoms in a molecule.
  12. A heavy copper wire or rod connecting adjacent rails of an electric railway track when used as a part of the electric circuit.
  13. A bail bond.
  14. A binding agreement, a covenant.
  15. Moral or political duty or obligation.

verb:

  1. To connect, secure or tie with a bond; to bind.
  2. To form a chemical compound with.
  3. To cause to adhere (one material with another).
  4. To guarantee or secure a financial risk.
  5. To make a reliable electrical connection between two conductors (or any pieces of metal that may potentially become conductors).
  6. To bail out by means of a bail bond.
  7. To lay bricks in a specific pattern.
  8. To put in a bonded warehouse; to secure (goods) until the associated duties are paid.
  9. To form a friendship or emotional connection.

adjective:

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

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