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bund 1

An embankment or dike, especially in South Asia.

[Hindi band, from Persian, band of cloth, fastening, bund, from Middle Persian, bond, link, from Old Iranian *banda-; see bhendh- in Indo-European roots.]

bund 2

 (bo͝ond, bŭnd)
1. An association, especially a political association.
2. often Bund A pro-Nazi German-American organization of the 1930s.
3. often Bund A European Jewish socialist movement founded in Russia in 1897.

[German, from Middle High German bunt; see bhendh- in Indo-European roots.]

bund′ist n.
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(in India and the Far East) n
1. (Civil Engineering) an embankment; dyke
2. (Civil Engineering) an embanked road or quay
[C19: from Hindi band, from Persian; related to Sanskrit bandha band1]


(bʊnd; German bʊnt)
n, pl Bunds or Bünde (German ˈbyndə)
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (sometimes not capital) a federation or league
2. (Historical Terms) short for German American Bund, an organization of US Nazis and Nazi sympathizers in the 1930s and 1940s
3. (Historical Terms) an organization of socialist Jewish workers in Russia founded in 1897
4. (Historical Terms) the confederation of N German states, which existed from 1867–71
[C19: German; related to band2, bind]
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1. (in S Asia and the Far East) an earthen dike built to restrain the movement of water, as along a river.
2. (often cap.) a street or road, often a main thoroughfare, atop such a construction.
[1805–15; < Hindi band < Persian: dam, levee; akin to bind, bond1]


(bʊnd, bʌnd)

1. an alliance or league, esp. a political society.
2. (cap.) a pro-Nazi organization, the German-American Volksbund, in the U.S. during the 1930s and early 1940s.
[< German: association, league]
bund′ist, n.
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Irresponsible parties have been dumping solid waste, including industrial waste, along river bunds in Southern Seberang Perai for at least a few years without action being taken against them, a non-governmental group (NGO) claimed today.
JHANG -- Deputy Commissioner Hafiz Shaukat Ali has directed officers of Irrigation Department to ensure safety of all protective bunds in the district.
In some places, entire sections of bunds have vanished.
Deputy Commissioner directed the officers of Irrigation department of Larkana district that they should realize their responsibilities, redouble their efforts and strengthen the sensitive points along the protective Bunds.
Bill Gross called 10-year German bunds the "short of a lifetime" in a tweet on Tuesday.
Babu, has also strongly recommended a ban on the construction of new bunds, roads, guide bunds, widening of the existing bunds, spurs and guide bunds within the existing floodplains of the river.
Floods hit Sindh on August 7, 2010.An inadequate freeboard of river banks caused two breaches (500 ft each) in Tori Bund near Ghospur and also in loop bunds behind Tori and in BS Feeder.
Nearly 7000 Army troops assisted to mitigate the impact of the destruction caused by more than 27 tank bunds with widths of about 20-50 meters, completely destroyed, while 302 more bunds partially damaged, ready to burst at any given moment.
"Bunds will dig themselves out of any setbacks early on.
Meanwhile, many readers are concerned about the long-term effects of the disaster...AT Buncefield there are three large petrol tanks in one bund (concrete enclosure), four in another and two more bunds that hold seven tanks.
Allibert has launched a new range of portable bunds. Manufactured throughout in tough high-grade polyethylene and designed for the secure storage and handling of a variety of liquid containers, the range comprises two retention Bunds and two purpose-designed 4-Drum bunds.