Zealous populist patriots might pal around on principle, but banding together effectively is another matter.
There is a banding together so to speak, which is becoming a real cultural phenomenon.
Karl Rove and other big money men are banding together to try and stop Todd Akin types from scaring off voters.
Some are donating blood for the injured, while others are banding into groups to keep the titushki away from their neighborhoods.
So as the American troops depart, the Iraqis are not banding together to defend their country against external threats.
Sometimes they ran up in parallel columns, banding the western heaven.
(b) Quilting, banding, practice for curves and square corners.
banding iron, clamps, bronzes, and every description of metal that was found were thrown into furnaces and melted down.
"Here is your letter, cadet," said Frank, banding it back to him.
In London, with the greatest secrecy, the defenders were banding together.
"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.
"an organized group," late 15c., from Middle French bande, which is traceable to the Proto-Germanic root of band (n.1), probably via a band of cloth worn as a mark of identification by a group of soldiers or others (cf. Gothic bandwa "a sign"). The extension to "group of musicians" is c.1660, originally musicians attached to a regiment of the army. To beat the band (1897) is to make enough noise to drown it out, hence to exceed everything.
1520s, "to bind or fasten;" also "to join in a company," from band (n.1) and (n.2) in various noun senses, and partly from French bander. The meaning "to affix an ID band to (a wild animal, etc.)" is attested from 1914. Related: Banded; banding.
banding band·ing (bān'dĭng)
The differential staining of metaphase chromosomes in cultured cells to reveal their characteristic patterns of stripes in order to identify individual chromosome pairs.
An appliance or a part of an apparatus that encircles or binds a part of the body.
A cordlike tissue that connects or that holds bodily structures together.
A chromatically, structurally, or functionally differentiated strip or stripe in or on an organism.