Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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BIND, BINN(D), n. [bɪn(d)] Dimension, size, build, capacity. Lit. and fig. Sc. 1808  Jam.:
A barrel of a certain bind is one of certain dimensions.
Sc. 1824  Scott St Ronan's W. i.:
Their bind was just a Scots pint over-head, and a tappit-hen to the bill, and no man ever saw them the waur o't.
Sc. 1896  A. Cheviot Proverbs 191:
“I'm at my bind” — i.e. I've got my full measure of liquor.
Gall. 1824  MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 70:
A man of strong binn is a man strongly built and bound — crop of good binn is a good strong crop.
Rxb. 1927  E. C. Smith Braid Haaick 9/1:
Abuin ma binnd (= beyond my power, strength, ability).

[From bind, v. In Eng. dial. the n. means “anything to tie up a bundle with.” O.Sc. has bind, bynd(e), (1) a bundle of hides, (2) a standard measure for salmon and other fish packed in barrels, also for wine, (3) measurement, size (D.O.S.T.).]

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"Bind n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 12 Dec 2018 <>



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