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The banded colors were there for a minute fraction of a second.

They have banded themselves into a Sisterhood, and christened our clergy-house a 'Settlement.'

The heart of this one was banded with bars of flame and gold.

They are banded around their bodies with rings of bright colors.

The ninety-five must be banded together to restrain and suppress the vicious five.

Even the long black bonnet was banded with some close-drawn drapery.

The tracery is geometrical, and the shafts in the angles of the splays are banded.

Already she had banded herself with him in mild opposition to the elders.

Others were silver-studded, and again others were banded in silver.

The fugitives themselves were banded together to aid the newcomers.


"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.


Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.