Other forms: bonds; bonded; bonding

You and your best friend have a bond that allows you to trust each other with all your thoughts and secrets. A bond is a connection between two things.

Bond can refer to a physical or emotional restraint as in a prisoner who might tear off his bonds and escape to freedom. If you are arrested, your parents will have to pay a bond to get you released from jail. If you don't show up to court, they will lose that money. A certificate of debt issued by a government or corporation is also called a bond. When you cash in the bond on a set date, you get your money back plus interest. In its meaning of "connection," bond can be used as a verb. Have you ever met someone and felt an instant connection? You can say that you bonded.

Definitions of bond
  1. noun
    a connection that fastens things together
    synonyms: attachment
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    any connection or unifying bond
    binder, ligature
    something used to tie or bind
    a series of (usually metal) rings or links fitted into one another to make a flexible ligament
    ligament made of metal and used to fasten things or make cages or fences etc
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    connecter, connection, connective, connector, connexion
    an instrumentality that connects
  2. noun
    the property of sticking together (as of glue and wood) or the joining of surfaces of different composition
    synonyms: adherence, adhesion, adhesiveness
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    the property of sticking to a surface
  3. noun
    an electrical force linking atoms
    synonyms: chemical bond
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    covalent bond
    a chemical bond that involves sharing a pair of electrons between atoms in a molecule
    cross-link, cross-linkage
    a side bond that links two adjacent chains of atoms in a complex molecule
    hydrogen bond
    a chemical bond consisting of a hydrogen atom between two electronegative atoms (e.g., oxygen or nitrogen) with one side be a covalent bond and the other being an ionic bond
    electrostatic bond, electrovalent bond, ionic bond
    a chemical bond in which one atom loses an electron to form a positive ion and the other atom gains an electron to form a negative ion
    metallic bond
    a chemical bond in which electrons are shared over many nuclei and electronic conduction occurs
    peptide bond, peptide linkage
    the primary linkage of all protein structures; the chemical bond between the carboxyl groups and amino groups that unites a peptide
    double bond
    a covalent bond in which two pairs of electrons are shared between two atoms
    coordinate bond, dative bond
    a covalent bond in which both electrons are provided by one of the atoms
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    attraction, attractive force
    the force by which one object attracts another
  4. noun
    a connection based on kinship or marriage or common interest
    “their friendship constitutes a powerful bond between them”
    synonyms: alliance
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    silver cord
    the emotional bond between a mother and her offspring
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    connectedness, connection, connexion
    a relation between things or events (as in the case of one causing the other or sharing features with it)
  5. noun
    a restraint that confines or restricts freedom (especially something used to tie down or restrain a prisoner)
    synonyms: hamper, shackle, trammel
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    ball and chain
    heavy iron ball attached to a prisoner by a chain
    fetter, hobble
    a shackle for the ankles or feet
    cuff, handcuff, handlock, manacle
    shackle that consists of a metal loop that can be locked around the wrist; usually used in pairs
    chains, irons
    metal shackles; for hands or legs
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    constraint, restraint
    a device that retards something's motion
  6. verb
    stick to firmly
    synonyms: adhere, bind, hold fast, stick, stick to
    adhere, cleave, cling, cohere, stick
    come or be in close contact with; stick or hold together and resist separation
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    form a chemical bond with
    bind chemically
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    become attached
  7. verb
    bring together in a common cause or emotion
    synonyms: bring together, draw together
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    unify, unite
    bring together for a common purpose or action or ideology or in a shared situation
  8. verb
    create social or emotional ties
    “The grandparents want to bond with the child”
    synonyms: attach, bind, tie
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    attach (oneself) to a person or thing in a neurotic way
    become friends with
    chum up, pal, pal up
    become friends; act friendly towards
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    have or establish a relationship to
  9. noun
    a certificate of debt (usually interest-bearing or discounted) that is issued by a government or corporation in order to raise money; the issuer is required to pay a fixed sum annually until maturity and then a fixed sum to repay the principal
    synonyms: bond certificate
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    bond issue
    bonds sold by a corporation or government agency at a particular time and identifiable by date of maturity
    convertible bond
    a bond that can be converted to other securities under certain conditions
    corporate bond
    a bond issued by a corporation; carries no claim to ownership and pays no dividends but payments to bondholders have priority over payments to stockholders
    bearer bond, coupon bond
    a bond issued with detachable coupons that must be presented to the issuer for interest payments
    government bond
    a bond that is an IOU of the United States Treasury; considered the safest security in the investment world
    high-yield bond, junk bond
    a (speculative) bond with a credit rating of BB or lower; issued for leveraged buyouts and other takeovers by companies with questionable credit
    municipal bond
    a bond issued by a state or local government
    noncallable bond
    a bond containing a provision that the holder cannot redeem the security before a specific date (usually at maturity)
    performance bond, surety bond
    a bond given to protect the recipient against loss in case the terms of a contract are not filled; a surety company assumes liability for nonperformance
    post-obit bond
    a bond made by a reversioner to secure a loan; payable out of his reversion
    registered bond
    a bond whose owner is recorded on the books of the issuer; can be transferred to another owner only when endorsed by the registered owner
    revenue bond
    a bond issued by an agency that is commissioned to finance public works; revenue from the public property is used to pay off the bond
    secured bond
    a bond that is back by collateral
    debenture, debenture bond, unsecured bond
    the ability of a customer to obtain goods or services before payment, based on the trust that payment will be made in the future
    zero coupon bond, zero-coupon bond
    a bond that is issued at a deep discount from its value at maturity and pays no interest during the life of the bond; the commonest form of zero-coupon security
    Premium Bond
    a government bond that bears no interest or capital gains but enters the holder into lotteries
    savings bond
    non-negotiable government bond; cannot be bought and sold once the original purchase is made
    utility bond, utility revenue bond
    a bond issued to finance the construction of public utility services
    Treasury, Treasury obligations
    negotiable debt obligations of the United States government which guarantees that interest and principal payments will be paid on time
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    certificate of indebtedness, debt instrument, obligation
    a written promise to repay a debt
    certificate, security
    a formal declaration that documents a fact of relevance to finance and investment; the holder has a right to receive interest or dividends
  10. verb
    issue bonds on
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    put up as security or collateral
  11. noun
    (criminal law) money that must be forfeited by the bondsman if an accused person fails to appear in court for trial
    “a $10,000 bond was furnished by an alderman”
    synonyms: bail, bail bond
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    recognisance, recognizance
    (law) a security entered into before a court with a condition to perform some act required by law; on failure to perform that act a sum is forfeited
  12. noun
    a superior quality of strong durable white writing paper; originally made for printing documents
    synonyms: bond paper
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    writing paper
    paper material made into thin sheets that are sized to take ink; used for writing correspondence and manuscripts




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