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definition of the word bond

by the Wiktionnary

Phonetic variant of band, influenced by Old English bonda.

Singular
bond

Plural
bonds

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.
    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.
  5. (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.
  6. 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.
  7. A sum of money paid as bail or surety.
    The bailiff released the prisoner as soon as the bond was posted.
  8. 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.
  9. (construction) In building, a specific pattern of bricklaying.
  10. In Scotland, a mortgage.


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