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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.

Nearby words

  1. banco,
  2. bancroft,
  3. bancroft prize,
  4. bancroft, george,
  5. bancroft, hubert howe,
  6. band brake,
  7. band cell,
  8. band list,
  9. band mill,
  10. band of hope

Idioms

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

Origin of band

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

Synonym study

1. See company.

band

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[band]

noun

a thin, flat strip of some material for binding, confining, trimming, protecting, etc.: a band on each bunch of watercress.
a fillet, belt, or strap: a band for the hair; a band for connecting pulleys.
a stripe, as of color or decorative work.
a strip of paper or other material serving as a label: a cigar band.
a plain or simply styled ring, without mounted gems or the like: a thin gold band on his finger.
(on a long-playing phonograph record) one of a set of grooves in which sound has been recorded, separated from an adjacent set or sets by grooves without recorded sound.
bands. Geneva bands.
a flat collar commonly worn by men and women in the 17th century in western Europe.
Also called frequency band, wave band. Radio and Television. a specific range of frequencies, especially a set of radio frequencies, as HF, VHF, and UHF.
Also called energy band. Physics. a closely spaced group of energy levels of electrons in a solid.
Computers. one or more tracks or channels on a magnetic drum.
Dentistry. a strip of thin metal encircling a tooth, usually for anchoring an orthodontic apparatus.
Anatomy, Zoology. a ribbonlike or cordlike structure encircling, binding, or connecting a part or parts.
(in handbound books) one of several cords of hemp or flax handsewn across the back of the collated signatures of a book to provide added strength.

verb (used with object)

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

Origin of band

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

Related formsband·er, nounband·less, adjective

band

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[band]

noun Archaic.

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

Origin of band

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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

Geneva bands

plural noun

two bands or pendent stripes made usually of white lawn and worn at the throat as part of clerical garb, originally by the Swiss Calvinist clergy.

Origin of Geneva bands

First recorded in 1880–85

Also called bands.

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British Dictionary definitions for band

band

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noun

a company of people having a common purpose; groupa band of outlaws
a group of musicians playing either brass and percussion instruments only (brass band) or brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments (concert band or military band)
a group of musicians who play popular music, jazz, etc, often for dancing
a group of instrumentalists generally; orchestra
Canadian a formally recognized group of Canadian Indians on a reserve
anthropol a division of a tribe; a family group or camp group
US and Canadian a flock or herd

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

noun

a thin flat strip of some material, used esp to encircle objects and hold them togethera rubber band
  1. a strip of fabric or other material used as an ornament or distinguishing mark, or to reinforce clothing
  2. (in combination)waistband; hairband; hatband
a stripe of contrasting colour or textureSee also chromosome band
a driving belt in machinery
a range of values that are close or related in number, degree, or quality
  1. physicsa range of frequencies or wavelengths between two limits
  2. radiosuch a range allocated to a particular broadcasting station or service
short for energy band
computing one or more tracks on a magnetic disk or drum
anatomy any structure resembling a ribbon or cord that connects, encircles, or binds different parts
the cords to which the folded sheets of a book are sewn
a thin layer or seam of ore
architect a strip of flat panelling, such as a fascia or plinth, usually attached to a wall
a large white collar, sometimes edged with lace, worn in the 17th century
either of a pair of hanging extensions of the collar, forming part of academic, legal, or (formerly) clerical dress
a ring for the finger (esp in phrases such as wedding band, band of gold, etc)

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

noun

Word Origin for band

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

Geneva bands

pl n

a pair of white lawn or linen strips hanging from the front of the neck or collar of some ecclesiastical and academic robes

Word Origin for Geneva bands

C19: named after Geneva, where originally worn by Swiss Calvinist clergy

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Word Origin and History for band
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Medicine 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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Science 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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