Updated: 12/31/2022 by Computer Hope

Bind may refer to any of the following:

1. In computer programming, to bind is to create a connection between two or more programming objects for a specified time.

2. In computer networking, bind allows a resource to be sent or received. For example, one may bind a request to TCP/IP, indicating that it is ready to receive or send information.

3. In IBM's System Network Architecture, to bind is to set up a session between two logical units or network endpoints before communicating.

4. In computer software, and especially games, a binding, key binding, or keybind refers to configuring a single keyboard key to perform a specific action. For example, a video game player could bind their keyboard spacebar to shoot a gun; however, another player may have their spacebar key bound to make their character jump. Key bindings are usually defined either in a game's options menu or in a configuration file.

5. BIND is also short for Berkeley Internet Name Domain and is a popular name DNS (Domain Name System) server software initially designed for BSD (Berkeley Software Distribution).

6. With a shell, bind is a builtin command of the Bash shell. See our bind command page for further information.

7. In an MMORPG (Massively-Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game), when referring to a location or respawn, bind refers to a bind point. When describing an item in the game, BOP (Bind On Pickup) describes an item that remains yours if picked up and cannot be traded with other players. There are also BOE (Bind On Equip) items, which are items that can be picked up and traded as long as your character doesn't equip (wear or use) the item. Once the item is equipped, it becomes bound to your character and cannot be traded with other players.

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