• IPA: /ˈbændɪdʒ/

bandage (plural bandages)

  1. A strip of gauze or similar material used to protect or support a wound or injury.
    • 1883, Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island
      […] he was deadly pale, and the blood-stained bandage round his head told that he had recently been wounded, and still more recently dressed.
  2. A strip of cloth bound round the head and eyes as a blindfold.
    • 1844, Alexander Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo
      […] the president informed him that one of the conditions of his introduction was that he should be eternally ignorant of the place of meeting, and that he would allow his eyes to be bandaged, swearing that he would not endeavor to take off the bandage.
  3. (figuratively, by extension) A provisional or makeshift solution that provides insufficient coverage or relief.
    this new healthcare proposal merely applies a bandage to the current medical crisis
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bandage (bandages, present participle bandaging; past and past participle bandaged)

  1. To apply a bandage to something.
    • 1879, Samuel Clemens (as Mark Twain), A Tramp Abroad, []
      ...they ate...whilst they chatted, disputed and laughed. The door to the surgeon's room stood open, meantime, but the cutting, sewing, splicing, and bandaging going on in there in plain view did not seem to disturb anyone's appetite.

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