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binding
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Dune
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as in: the binding is loose Define
something that holds things together, or wraps or covers or ties something
  • She began to feel her body, grew aware of bindings on wrists and ankles, a gag in her mouth.
  • She tested the bindings, realized they were krimskell fiber, would only claw tighter as she pulled.

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  • She forced herself not to pull on her bindings.
  • She was pushed into the rear of the ’thopter, her krimskell fiber bindings examined, and she was strapped down.
  • The knife moved down, slashed the bindings of his legs.
  • He’d have had to cut my bindings.
  • The chair beneath him took on firmness, the bindings were sharper.

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  • The library buys books with a durable binding or rebinds them to make them stronger.
  • The book’s binding is coming loose.

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as in: out of bounds; bounded on the east Define
a boundary or limit
  • "The strength of a woman can be boundless," Stilgar said.

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  • The ball went out of bounds.
  • She stepped out of bounds, so the other team got the ball.

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unspecified meaning
  • I’d thought of binding you by a threat held over your son, but I begin to see that would not have worked, I let emotion cloud reason.
  • He freed the knot and the binding dropped.

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  • I’m the bound concubine of the Duke Leto.
  • Here’s another poor victim bound to the Atreides by a cherem of hate.
  • "Don’t you think, Wellington," she asked, "that a secretary bound to one by love is so much safer?"
  • They lifted her like a sack of grain, maneuvered her through the door and dumped her onto a suspensor-buoyed litter with another bound figure.
  • He was bound, but not gagged.
  • His own captivity was plain enough—to bed with a capsule prescribed by Yueh, awaking to find himself bound to this litter.
  • Slowly, she twisted her bound feet clear of Paul’s.
  • She brought her bound legs up onto the seat, curled into a sinuous ball, staring at Scarface.

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  • We’re the ones who tamed Arrakis .except for the few mongrel Fremen hiding in the skirts of the desert . and some tame smugglers bound to the planet almost as tightly as the native labor pool.
  • The visible note contained the code phrase every Bene Gesserit not bound by a School Injunction was required to give another Bene Gesserit when conditions demanded it: "On that path lies danger."
  • It binds more energy into the system through the tremendous chemical interplay from organism to organism.
  • The water flowed off those walls without binding tension.
  • His arms were bound in chains, the eagle face streaked with dirt.
  • Some of our people are bound to escape.
  • He could still taste the morsel she had fed him—bird flesh and grain bound with spice honey and encased in a leaf.
  • Then I’ll pose another question for you: What does it mean to you that you stand before another human, that you are bound and helpless and the other human holds a knife at your throat—yet this other human refrains from killing you, frees you from your bonds and gives you the knife to use as you will?
  • What pledge do we give to bind it?
  • Until he did, his world was bounded by the abilities of others.
  • "That which binds us cannot be loosed," he said.
  • Draperies were flung aside and Gurney Halleck bounded into the room.
  • She could still taste their morning meal—the morsel of bird flesh and grain bound within a leaf with spice honey—and it came to her that the use of time was turned around here: night was the day of activity and day was the time of rest.
  • In that instant, the sun seemed to bound above the horizon.
  • (See House above.) HOUSES MINOR: planet-bound entrepreneur class (Galach: "Richece").
  • Initiates are marked by a diamond tattoo on the forehead and are permitted to wear their hair long and bound by a silver Suk ring.
  • PYONS: planet-bound peasants or laborers, one of the base classes under the Faufreluches.
  • Think on it, Chani: that princess will have the name, yet she’ll live as less than a concubine — never to know a moment of tenderness from the man to whom she’s bound.
  • She said: "The seeress who brought you the legend, she gave it under the binding of karama and ijaz, the miracle and the inimitability of the prophecy—this I know.
  • There’s nothing binding between us," Chani said.

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as in: south-bound lanes Define
travelling in a particular direction or to a specific location
as in: She's bound to succeed. Define
almost certain to; or determined to
as in: bound together Define
held together (connected or united) or wrapped (see word notes for a more detailed definition based upon context)
as in: I can't/must. I'm bound by... Define
tied up, prevented, or required
as in: the binding is loose Define
something that holds things together, or wraps or covers or ties something
as in: It put me in a bind. Define
a difficult situation
as in: out of bounds; bounded on the east Define
a boundary or limit
as in: The deer bound across the trail. Define
to leap or jump
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