upbind

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upbind (third-person singular simple present upbinds, present participle upbinding, simple past and past participle upbound)

  1. (transitive, obsolete, poetic) To bind up.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Fairy Queen[1], published 1758, Canto XIL, page 149:
      All these the daughters of old Nereus were, / Which have the sea in charge to them assign'd, / To rule his tides, and surges to uprear, / To bring forth storms, or fast them to upbind, / And sailors save from wrecks of wrathful wind.
    • 1600, Edward Fairfax, Godfrey of Bulloigne, or Jerusalem Delivered[2], translation of original by Torquato Tasso, Book X Stanza V:
      But when the night cast up her shade aloft, / And all earth's colors strange in sable dy'd, / He light, and as he could his wounds upbound, / And shook ripe dates down from a palm he found.
    • 1834, William Sotheby, translator, Homer, Iliad, book 18, in The Iliad and Odyssey of Homer, volume 2, Nicol, page 223,
      The reapers toil'd, the sickles in their hand, / Heap after heap fell thick along the land; / Three labourers grasp them, and in sheaves upbind; / Boys, gathering up their handfuls, went behind, / Proffering their load:

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