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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Catband, n. Also: catt-, cate-, kat(e-band(e. [Band n.1 2. The meaning of cat- is not clear.] An iron band or bar for securing a door or gate. 1508 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 117.
That all stabulares … haif … sufficient lokkis and catbandis for thair duris
1543 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 191.
That the portis be mendytt … and reformit as mister is, with boumis, catbandis and chenȝes
1560 Edinb. Old Acc. I. 310.
Ane fetter lok to the catband of the said port
1564 Ib. 439.
For ane kate band for the nether dur of the nether Tolbuith
1592 Aberd. B. Rec. II. 76.
The portis … [to be] maid fast and nichtlie lockit, the catbandis nichtlie festinit [etc.]
1626 M. Works Acc. XIX. 27 b.
For ane katband with ane staipple for the said ȝett
1643–4 Misc. Spald. C. V. 161.
To Alexr George, smyth, for … sex great steppells to the cat bands
c1650 Spalding II. 330.
He had entress peciablie, the portis maid oppin, and the catbandis cassin lovss
1671 Acts Sederunt 11 Feb. (J).
Rebells who shall escape … in case they have not sufficient catbands upon the doors of their prisons
1685 Soc. Ant. LVIII. 367.
A catband with a hinging lock

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