BINDER (definitions) Noun.
- A substance used to make other substances or materials stick or mix together.
- A reaping machine that binds grain into sheaves.
- A short document showing an agreement between a buyer and seller.
- An informal agreement that gives insurance coverage while you are waiting for a policy to be formally issued.
- Someone who binds.
The list goes on and on. When I looked up the word, I couldn’t believe the results I found. How can a simple noun be used in so many unique ways? This blog research did trigger another childhood memory. Growing up in a small town in North Dakota, if we ever asked my 6th grade teacher what a word meant, she would look at us and say (with her head bobbling to and fro) “Ask Mr. Webster.” In the 21st Century version of the story, that same request could be met with “just Ask Dr. Google!” I know that he is my best friend.
This Thanksgiving, I will be using seasoned bread crumbs as a Binder in my Mom’s famous Swedish Meatball recipe. It is a family favorite. I need to be sure I don’t forget the 3 tablespoons of milk or cream to allow those bread crumbs to expand. Otherwise, there could be a family feud to get the last one, because there won’t be as many in the slow cooker.
The one definition of Binder that is not listed in any printed or on-line dictionary that I could find AND is one that totally took me by surprise, was introduced when I moved to Minnesota. I asked a colleague if they had any binders, because I was printing out a user manual and I wanted to keep it together. I was dumbfounded when they delivered a handful of Rubber Bands! NO, I wanted a Binder, like a Three-Ring Binder, maybe 1” thick. I have lived here for over 25 years, and I still haven’t adjusted to that one.
Here at Core Publishing Solutions, we epitomize definition number 5 (v) – Someone who binds.
We have many binders (not just the rubber variety):
- Muller Martini Hybrid Alegro Binder with 27 pockets
- Kolbus Binder with 40 pockets
- Muller Martini Binder with 40 pockets
- Horizon BQ470 Perfect Binder for shorter run Book projects
- Magnum Flexbook Binder for Inkjet Digital Book Blocks
Depending on the book, after it is gathered or glued, it can be finished in many ways – Perfect Bind, Burst Bind (case adhesive), Smyth Sewn, then Cased-in, and Dust Jacketed. Even these binders “make other substances or materials stick or mix together” just like the bread crumbs in my Meatballs! By the way, if you’d like my recipe, click here.
If you ever find yourself In A Bind, and need a Binder, please look to Core Publishing Solutions. I think we might have the right Binder for you! For more detailed information on all of our offerings, you can download our Guide To Book Manufacturing!