As*tringe" (#), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Astringed (#); p. pr. & vb. n. Astringing (#).] [L. astringere; ad + stringere to draw tight. Cf. Astrict, and see Strain, v. t.]


To bind fast; to constrict; to contract; to cause parts to draw together; to compress.

Which contraction . . . astringeth the moistu br and thereby sendeth tears into the eyes. Bacon.


To bind by moral or legal obligation.



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