band

1
[ band ]
/ bænd /

noun

a company of persons or, sometimes, animals or things, joined, acting, or functioning together; aggregation; party; troop: a band of protesters.
Music.
  1. a group of instrumentalists playing music of a specialized type: rock band; calypso band; mariachi band.
  2. a musical group, usually employing brass, percussion, and often woodwind instruments, that plays especially for marching or open-air performances.
  3. big band.
  4. dance band.
a division of a nomadic tribe; a group of individuals who move and camp together and subsist by hunting and gathering.
a group of persons living outside the law: a renegade band.

verb (used with object)

to unite in a troop, company, or confederacy.

verb (used without object)

to unite; confederate (often followed by together): They banded together to oust the chairman.

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Idioms for band

    to beat the band, Informal. energetically; abundantly: It rained all day to beat the band.

Origin of band

1
1480–90; <Middle French bande<Italian banda; cognate with Late Latin bandum<Germanic; akin to Gothic bandwa standard, band2, band3, bend1, bond1

synonym study for band

1. See company.

Definition for band (2 of 3)

band2
[ band ]
/ bænd /

noun

verb (used with object)

to mark, decorate, or furnish with a band or bands.

Origin of band

2
1480–90; <Middle French; Old French bende<Germanic; compare Old High German binta fillet. See bind, band1

OTHER WORDS FROM band

bander, nounbandless, adjective

Definition for band (3 of 3)

band3
[ band ]
/ bænd /

noun Archaic.

Usually bands. articles for binding the person or the limbs; shackles; manacles; fetters.
an obligation; bond: the nuptial bands.

Origin of band

3
1100–50; late Old English <Old Norse band; cognate with Old Saxon, Old Frisian band,Old High German bant; akin to Sanskrit bandha-.See band1
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British Dictionary definitions for band (1 of 3)

band1
/ (bænd) /

noun

verb

(usually foll by together) to unite; assemble

Word Origin for band

C15: from French bande probably from Old Provençal banda of Germanic origin; compare Gothic bandwa sign, banner

British Dictionary definitions for band (2 of 3)

band2
/ (bænd) /

noun

verb (tr)

to fasten or mark with a band
US and Canadian to ring (a bird)See ring 1 (def. 22)

Word Origin for band

C15: from Old French bende, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German binda fillet; see band ³

British Dictionary definitions for band (3 of 3)

band3
/ (bænd) /

noun

Word Origin for band

C13: from Old Norse band; related to Old High German bant fetter; see bend 1, bond
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Medical definitions for band

band
[ bănd ]

n.

An appliance or a part of an apparatus that encircles or binds a part of the body.
A cordlike tissue that connects or that holds bodily structures together.
A chromatically, structurally, or functionally differentiated strip or stripe in or on an organism.
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Scientific definitions for band

band
[ bănd ]

A specific range of electromagnetic wavelengths or frequencies, as those used in radio broadcasting.
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Idioms and Phrases with band

band

see on the bandwagon; to beat the band.

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