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A compound that forms a cohesive, unified material. In paints, the binder forms a solid film that adheres the pigments to the substrate. In adhesives, the binder provides the adhesion to hold two parts together. Examples of binders are synthetic resins, drying oils, waxes, gums, natural resins, and some proteins.

Synonyms and Related Terms

binder (AAT preferred); binding medium; binding media; binding agent; vehicle

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
  • Theodore J. Reinhart, 'Glossary of Terms', Engineered Plastics, ASM International, 1988
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998

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