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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BAND

They must have thought you had a band of hunters behind you.

In its fright, it had probably mistaken us for a band of buffalo.

In the course of weeks they formed a band, with Miss Henderson for president.

But the chances were gradually growing unfavorable to Hawkeye and his band.

Since we've been coming through the mountains he and his band have picked off a lot of our men.

All the band were aware that neither of these daring deeds would be done.

Returning to the mountain, the fairies, in a band, went with him to the great rock.

The hill men saw the band of hunters coming after their daughters.

It may have had to do with the future history of the Jewish men who composed that band.

Here they found the rest of the band, some of whom had come in with a brace of fat does.

WORD ORIGIN

"a flat strip," also "something that binds," a merger of two words, ultimately from the same source. In the sense "that by which someone or something is bound," it is attested from early 12c., from Old Norse band "thin strip that ties or constrains," from Proto-Germanic *bindan, from PIE *bendh- "to bind" (cf. Gothic bandi "that which binds; Sanskrit bandhah "a tying, bandage," source of bandana; Middle Irish bainna "bracelet;" see bend (v.), bind (v.)). Most of the figurative senses of this word have passed into bond (n.), which originally was a phonetic variant of this band.

The meaning "a flat strip" (late 14c.) is from Old French bande "strip, edge, side," via Old North French bende, from Old High German binda, from Proto-Germanic *bindan (see above). In Middle English, this was distinguished by the spelling bande, but since the loss of the final -e the words have fully merged. Meaning "broad stripe of color" is from late 15c.; the electronics sense of "range of frequencies or wavelengths" is from 1922. The Old North French form was retained in heraldic bend. Band saw is recorded from 1864.

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