"Lovely bunch," grinned Billy who, followed by Pete Wilson, mounted the platform to relieve the branders.
But you have not yet told me the circumstances of your meeting with branders.
Did you know the fellow branders was in this part of the world?
Like the gleam of a great evil eye shone in the distance the fire of the branders, which the wind had fanned into glowing coals.
"You mind your own business," flashed Mrs. branders, turning her face briefly to the orderly.
"That doesn't look exactly manly in you, branders," remarked Hal quietly.
"And I don't know that it's any of your business, either," branders went on.
Somehow, as long as he kept his hands at his sides, branders didn't seem worth noticing.
"That must be a severe blow to Mrs. branders," murmured Noll aloud, as the boys slipped into their chairs at table.
"branders, I'm sorry to say we must decline your enlistment," announced the recruiting officer, in a low tone.
Old English brand, brond "fire, flame; firebrand, piece of burning wood, torch," and (poetic) "sword," from Proto-Germanic *brandaz (cf. Old Norse brandr, Old High German brant, Old Frisian brond "firebrand, blade of a sword," German brand "fire"), from root *bran-/*bren- (see burn (v.)). Meaning "identifying mark made by a hot iron" (1550s) broadened by 1827 to "a particular make of goods." Brand name is from 1922.
c.1400, "to brand, cauterize; stigmatize," originally of criminal marks or cauterized wounds, from brand (n.). As a means of marking property, 1580s; figuratively from c.1600, often in a bad sense, with the criminal marking in mind. Related: Branded; branding.