Definition of bandage in English:



  • A strip of material used to bind a wound or to protect an injured part of the body.

    ‘her leg was swathed in bandages’
    ‘a sterile adhesive bandage with nonstick pad’
    • ‘Now it is swathed in bandages, and looking pretty sorry for itself.’
    • ‘They examined me, fussed around me, changed the bandages, medicated the wounds.’
    • ‘Holding the cloth in his teeth, he managed to cut jagged strips off for bandages.’
    • ‘Giles looked down at the huge, white bulbous bandages swathing her arms and legs.’
    • ‘Apply an antibiotic ointment and cover the wound with an adhesive bandage or gauze.’
    • ‘She noticed for the first time that her shoes were gone and her heels were bound in clean cloth bandages.’
    • ‘He dealt with that first, smearing salve over the bandage with which he bound the wound, and then attended to the many bruises.’
    • ‘Buek toiled away, carrying pails of gore from the surgeon's table and tearing up strips of cloth for bandages.’
    • ‘Tourniquets, ligatures, and compression bandages should not be used.’
    • ‘She soaked her body again, at the same time soaking the bandage over her wound.’
    • ‘Séire Jane Hoy had her wrist in a half plaster and bandages after injuring it.’
    • ‘With treatment, Cara is able to play outside and with friends without being wrapped in bandages to protect her.’
    • ‘After this, compression bandages must be worn for a specified number of days.’
    • ‘The two men spent three hours at Rochdale Infirmary having blood tests and were sent home swathed in bandages.’
    • ‘Pei said that qualified doctors would have protected the wound with a bandage rather than cotton material.’
    • ‘The remains of his shirt had been removed to get at the wound, which was thickly bound in white bandages.’
    • ‘As with normal blisters, it is important to keep the area clean and dry, and protect it with a sterile bandage to prevent infection.’
    • ‘This I cleaned as well as I could and stitched it up, then bandaged it using the last of my clean gauze bandages.’
    • ‘But how many of us are wasting out lives tearing strip bandages when what the Boss really needs are sheets?’
    • ‘There were bandages holding pads to the side of my head, more around my torso and the stinging line across my bicep.’
    dressing, covering, gauze, lint, compress, plaster, ligature, tourniquet, swathe, strap, sling
    elastoplast, band-aid
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  • Bind (a wound or a part of the body) with a protective strip of material.

    ‘bandage the foot so that the ankle is supported’
    ‘the doctors bandaged up his wounds’
    • ‘Television footage showed the sobbing girls being bandaged for what appeared to be minor injuries.’
    • ‘There stands the wee dog on his hind legs, his wound bandaged, a gun-belt strapped around his middle.’
    • ‘It was bound tightly, suggesting that the one who bandaged it expected her to bleed more.’
    • ‘He bandaged the man's wounds and carried him to an inn where he nursed him through the night.’
    • ‘I bandaged it reasonably firmly and pulled the joint support over it.’
    • ‘She also told me that our nurse had disinfected and bandaged the wound.’
    • ‘His girlfriend's feet have been heavily bandaged due to all the cuts and they are all covered in bruises and bites.’
    • ‘He bandaged the wound, then called one of the evacuation staff to take her to a ship.’
    • ‘Among them were wounded and bandaged soldiers aboard a clearly marked hospital bus.’
    • ‘Sure enough, there was the wound, but someone had bandaged it, quite expertly too.’
    • ‘Like last time, Aero bandaged her foot but with some cream as well to soothe her ankle a bit.’
    • ‘He bandaged her wounds with bits of his clothing and picked her up into his arms.’
    • ‘Marie bandaged the wound and told us to go away and let her deal with her patient.’
    • ‘Her small body was bandaged and a tube inserted in her side drained her liver.’
    • ‘Moon was too weak and tired to argue further so he lay back as Ryla bandaged his wounds.’
    • ‘I got up and helped Annie and Amy into the Aids office were I cleaned and bandaged their wounds.’
    • ‘Ethan had finished the procedure after I'd passed out and Fluffy was already bandaged up and in the recovery cot.’
    • ‘His right foot had to be released, he had six stitches inserted on his chin and his left wrist was bandaged.’
    • ‘I noticed that they had, at least, bandaged that bullet wounds in her back and shoulders.’
    • ‘This same someone had also cleaned his wound and bandaged it with another piece of clean cloth.’
    bind, bind up, dress, cover, wrap, swaddle, swathe, plaster, put a plaster on
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Late 16th century: from French, from bande (see band).