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Designating a stone, piece of turf, etc., extending through the breadth of a wall or dyke so as to bind the sides together.
Chiefly Scottish. A throughband stone, piece of turf, etc.
Late 18th century; earliest use found in James Anderson (1739–1808), agriculturist and political economist. In some forms from through- + band.
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