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bystander

[bahy-stan-der] /ˈbaɪˌstæn dər/
noun
1.
a person present but not involved; chance spectator; onlooker.
Origin
1610-1620
1610-20; by- + stander
Synonyms
observer, viewer, passerby, witness; rubberneck, sidewalk superintendent.
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  • Brain cells thought to be bystanders communicate using chemicals.
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  • The riot police charge, and bystanders hide in their doorways.
  • The nymphs bent low in homage, and all the bystanders paid reverence.
  • The eyes of the bystanders were immediately fixed on my bed.
  • The bystanders look askance on him in the public street or in the friend's parlor.
  • It partly coiled itself on the table, threatening the bystanders.
  • Officers were traditionally trained to help the wounded and evacuate bystanders.
  • As guns have proliferated, the rate at which bystanders are wounded and killed has soared.
British Dictionary definitions for bystanders

bystander

/ˈbaɪˌstændə/
noun
1.
a person present but not involved; onlooker; spectator
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Word Origin and History for bystanders

bystander

n.

1610s, from by + agent noun from stand (v.). They have been innocent at least since 1829.

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